(Italian) See Chapel.
(Music) (a) In church or chapel style; -- said of compositions sung in the old church style, without instrumental accompaniment; as, a mass a capella, i. (English), a mass purely vocal. (b) A time indication, equivalent to alla breve.
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From Italian alla cappella (“in the manner of the chapel”), referring to non-instrumental choirs; from Latin a-, ad, "to", + cappella, "chapel".
Adjective a cappella (not comparable) (music) singing solely or mainly without instrumental accompaniment. An a cappella group sang during the wedding reception. (obsolete, music) alla breve.
Adverb a cappella (not comparable) (music) In a manner of a choir with no instrumental accompaniment; literally "in the style of the (Sistine) Chapel (in Rome)"; such as a musical Mass done a cappella. Groups of teens singing a cappella on street corners got recording contracts. (obsolete, music) In alla breve time.
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