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staccato

adjective stac·ca·to \stə-ˈkä-(ˌ)tō\

music : short and not sounding connected

: sudden and brief

Full Definition of STACCATO

1
a :  cut short or apart in performing :  disconnected <staccato notes>
b :  marked by short clear-cut playing or singing of tones or chords <a staccato style>
2
:  abrupt, disjointed <staccato screams>
staccato adverb
staccato noun
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Examples of STACCATO

  1. the staccato blasts of a horn

Origin of STACCATO

Italian, from past participle of staccare to detach, from s- ex- (from Latin ex-) + attaccare to attack, attach, perhaps from Old French estachier — more at attach
First Known Use: circa 1724

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

Rhymes with STACCATO

STACCATO Defined for Kids

staccato

adjective stac·ca·to \stə-ˈkä-tō\

Definition of STACCATO for Kids

1
:  cut short so as not to sound connected <staccato notes> <… he … stayed with her, the quiet interrupted only by her occasional staccato breaths. — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising>
2
:  played or sung with breaks between notes

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