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

 

melisma

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//məˈlɪzmə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlɪzmə//
 
(pl. melismas, melismata
BrE BrE//məˈlɪzmətə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈlɪzmətə//
 
)
(music)
 
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a group of notes sung to one syllable of text Word Origin late 19th cent.: from Greek, literally ‘melody’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: melisma