Definition of continuo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈtɪnjuəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɪnjuoʊ//
[uncountable] (music, from Italian)
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a musical part played to accompany another instrument, in which a line of low notes is shown with figures to represent the higher notes to be played above them a trio for two violins and continuo Word Originearly 18th cent.: Italian basso continuo ‘continuous bass’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: continuo