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piccolo

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adjective pic·co·lo \ˈpi-kə-ˌlō\

Definition of piccolo

  1. :  smaller than ordinary size <a piccolo banjo>

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Origin and Etymology of piccolo

Italian, small


First Known Use: circa 1854


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piccolo

noun pic·co·lo

Definition of piccolo

plural

piccolos

  1. :  a small shrill flute whose range is an octave higher than that of an ordinary flute

piccoloist

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Origin and Etymology of piccolo

Italian, short for piccolo flauto small flute


First Known Use: 1856


PICCOLO Defined for English Language Learners


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piccolo

noun pic·co·lo

Definition of piccolo for English Language Learners

  • : a musical instrument that looks like a small flute and plays very high notes


PICCOLO Defined for Kids

piccolo

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noun pic·co·lo \ˈpi-kə-ˌlō\

Definition of piccolo for Students

plural

piccolos

  1. :  a high-pitched instrument resembling a small flute


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