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(ˌfjɔːrɪˈtʊərə; ˌfiːərɪ-)
n, pl -ture (-ˈtʊəreɪ)
(Music, other) music embellishment, esp ornamentation added by the performer
[Italian: a blossoming]


(n. ˈɔr nə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt, -mənt)

n., v. -ment•ed, -ment•ing. n.
1. an object or feature intended to beautify the appearance of that to which it is added or of which it is a part; embellishment; decoration.
2. a group or style of such objects or features; ornamentation.
3. any adornment or means of adornment.
4. a person or thing that adds to the credit or glory of a society, era, etc.
5. the act of adorning.
6. a tone or group of tones applied as decoration to a principal melodic tone.
7. any religious accessory, adjunct, or equipment.
8. to furnish with ornaments; embellish; decorate.
9. to serve as an ornament to.
[1175–1225; Middle English ornement < Old French < Latin ornāmentum equipment, ornament]
or′na•ment`er, n.
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E percio vi sono brutture e bellezze infinite, salute e morte, allegria e noia, il disfacimento e la fioritura, tutte le grazie su tutti i vizi possibili [.
La fioritura dei comuni in Italia comporto un'espansione dei ceti delle manovalanze, degli artigiani, dei commercianti, insomma di un ceto medio che viveva del lavoro manuale.
One of the most impressive of these arias was sung by Esen Demirci, in the role of Irene, the princess of Trabzon, whose death-defying fioritura in the first act was an effective rant about her situation as a promised bride to Tamerlano.
It is also ironic that only as Gilda is about to die does she have her first fully articulated melody in the opera, a melody that neither shadows her father's line as in their first duet, "Deh non parla al misero," nor elaborates fioritura gestures around the Duke's fictitious name in her aria "Caro nome.
Yet there are honest voices to be heard: The crickets keep their vigil Among the grass; in some invisible tree Anonymously a bird Whistles a fioritura, a light, vestigial Reminder of a time, An Aesopic Age when all the beasts were moral And taught their ways to men; Some herbal dream, some chlorophyll sublime In which Apollo's laurel Blooms in a world made innocent again.
His colleagues were his match, particularly the enticing Rosina of Kate Lindsey, for whom Rossini's fioritura held no terrors.
Fioritura e seconda fioritura del mito / Flowering and Second Flowering of Myth', see under GENERAL STUDIES: Serpillo, pp.
In the slow movements she sculpts a purposeful edge to the decorative filigree, a transmutation of operatic fioritura into pianistic terms.