Definition of martelé in US English:

martelé

(also martellé)

adjective

Music
  • Of a piece of music: having heavily accented and shortened notes. Of a musical instrument: played in this style. Also as noun: this style of playing.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Stainer (1840–1901), musicologist and composer. From French martelé, past participle of marteler to hammer.

Pronunciation

martelé

/ˈmɑːtəleɪ/