libretto

play
noun li·bret·to \lə-ˈbre-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of libretto

plural

librettos

or

libretti

play \lə-ˈbre-(ˌ)tē\
  1. 1 :  the text of a work (such 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

play
noun li·bret·to \lə-ˈbre-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of libretto for English Language Learners

  • : the words of an opera or musical



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up libretto? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

capable of being altered or controlled

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!