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staccato

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adjective stac·ca·to \stə-ˈkä-(ˌ)tō\

Simple Definition of staccato

  • music : short and not sounding connected

  • : sudden and brief

Full Definition of staccato

  1. 1a :  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. 2 :  abrupt, disjointed <staccato screams>

staccato adverb
staccato noun

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

Rhymes with staccato


STACCATO Defined for Kids

staccato

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adjective stac·ca·to \stə-ˈkä-tō\

Definition of staccato

  1. 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. 2 :  played or sung with breaks between notes




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