Definition of melisma noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

melisma

 noun
noun
NAmE//məˈlɪzmə//
 
(pl. melismas or melismata
NAmE//məˈlɪzmət̮ə//
 
)
(music)
 
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a group of notes sung to one syllable of text
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: melisma