Definition of modinha in English:

modinha

noun

Music
  • A lyrical song of a type popular in Portugal and Brazil from the 18th cent., originally quite simple in character but later acquiring a more elaborate musical form similar to that of an Italian operatic aria.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Beckford (1760–1844), writer and art collector. From Portuguese modinha from moda piece of popular music (from French mode) + -inha, diminutive suffix.

Pronunciation

modinha

/mɒˈdiːnjə//məˈdiːnjə/