adjective \stə-ˈkä-(ˌ)tō\

music : short and not sounding connected

: sudden and brief

Full Definition of STACCATO

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>
:  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

Other Music Terms

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

Rhymes with STACCATO


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