pic·​co·​lo | \ ˈpi-kə-ˌlō How to pronounce piccolo (audio) \

Definition of piccolo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: smaller than ordinary size a piccolo banjo


plural piccolos

Definition of piccolo (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from piccolo


piccoloist \ ˈpi-​kə-​ˌlō-​ist How to pronounce piccolo (audio) \ noun

Examples of piccolo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These students may not have access to piccolo lessons, excursions to the Galapagos Islands, or advanced placement courses that can boost a student’s chance of admission. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Making an inaugural appearance at this year’s Spirit Awards, Arrvo served up a menu featuring macchiatos, lattes, flat whites, cappuccinos, matcha lattes, dirty chai lattes, piccolo lattes, hot chocolate and more. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2022 Political boondogglers pampering expensive projects that might eventually produce a lot of good piccolo players, but certainly won’t put any airplanes in MacArthur’s offensive. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2022 His good friend Martayvia, who plays piccolo, has become a sister figure to him, despite some initial tension. Candace Mcduffie, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Jan. 2022 Alyssa Alexander, who graduated from Ocoee in 2014, played the flute, piccolo, and piano during her time in the band. Nathaniel Marrero, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Oct. 2021 It’s the violette that provides top notes, a piccolo fluttering around the palate, a flavor that’s at once delicate and powerful. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2021 Even a piccolo, the smallest instrument in an orchestra, won’t fit in your pocket. Bruce Weinstein, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Ferrari promises glorious sounds from the new V-6, disclosing that the 3.0-liter was nicknamed as the piccolo V-12, or little V-12, during the development phase thanks to the sonorous notes. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 24 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of piccolo


1832, in the meaning defined above


1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piccolo


Italian, small


Italian, short for piccolo flauto small flute

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“Piccolo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piccolo. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for piccolo


pic·​co·​lo | \ ˈpi-kə-ˌlō How to pronounce piccolo (audio) \
plural piccolos

Kids Definition of piccolo

: a high-pitched instrument resembling a small flute

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