Definition of martellato in US English:

martellato

adjective

Music
  • Of notes: heavily accented and left before their full time has expired; percussive. Of a note, passage, etc.: played in this style.

noun

Music
  • Martellato style of playing or musical direction.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

martellato

/mɑːtɪˈlɑːtəʊ/