libretto

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noun li·bret·to \lə-ˈbre-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of libretto

plural

librettos

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libretti

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  1. 1 :  the text of a work (as an opera) for the musical theater

  2. 2 :  the book containing a libretto

Origin and Etymology of libretto

Italian, diminutive of libro book, from Latin libr-, liber


First Known Use: 1742


LIBRETTO Defined for English Language Learners

libretto

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noun li·bret·to \lə-ˈbre-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of libretto for English Language Learners

  • : the words of an opera or musical


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