Definition of a battuta in English:

a battuta

Pronunciation /ˈäbəˌto͞otə/ /ˈɑbəˌtutə/ /ˌä bäˈto͞otä/ /ˌɑ bɑˈtutɑ/


  • (especially as a direction) returning to strict tempo.

    ‘The vibraphone offers a misty rendition of the melody after the accordion, followed by a guitar section senza battuta, and then violin a battuta.’
    • ‘He uncovers another unusual aspect: this is a recitative written and performed ‘a battuta’.’


Italian, literally ‘to the beating’.