Definition of presa in US English:

presa

noun

Music
  • A symbol used in a canon, fugue, etc., to mark the entry of a voice or instrument.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Short Explication of Foreign Words in Musick Books. From Italian presa, probably a specifically sense of presa handle (although this is apparently first attested later: 1677), act of taking, use as noun of feminine of past participle of prendere to take.

Pronunciation

presa

/ˈpreɪzə/