cavatina

noun cav·a·ti·na \ ˌka-və-ˈtē-nə , ˌkä- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of cavatina

1 : an operatic solo simpler and briefer than an aria
2 : a songlike instrumental piece or movement

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Origin and Etymology of cavatina

borrowed from Italian, from cavata "extraction, production of sound from an instrument" (from cavare "to dig out, extract"—going back to Latin cavāre "to hollow out"— + -ata -ade) + -ina, feminine of -ino, diminutive suffix, going back to Latin -īnus, suffix of appurtenance — more at excavate


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