piccolo

adjective
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

piccolo

noun
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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Noun

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Other Words from piccolo

Noun

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

Examples of piccolo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My mom, who started playing piccolo in the band in 2019, drove in from eastern Long Island. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "Scenes From Socially Distanced Band Practice," 25 Nov. 2020 Balance problems that plagued some earlier concerts this season seem mostly resolved, although the piccolo sometimes shrieked more than necessary. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andrew Grams make magic of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’," 28 Nov. 2020 Another piccolo player and a member of the color guard carpooled from Philadelphia. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "Scenes From Socially Distanced Band Practice," 25 Nov. 2020 If the Knights take the court, Craig wants to be in the stands, playing flute or piccolo with the band. Annie Martin, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF students prepare to return to campus with hundreds of COVID-19 cases already reported," 7 Aug. 2020 Lebermann craved a piccolo sound on the John Philip Sousa marches that were crowd favorites. Michael Corcoran, ExpressNews.com, "First recording of popular cowboy ballad ‘Home on the Range’ was made in San Antonio," 29 Apr. 2020 But too much of the orchestration — with lots of brass, shrieking piccolo, percussion and even piano treated percussively — was totally out of scale with the bassoon. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Symphony presents a new bassoon concerto, other works inspired by love stories," 14 Feb. 2020 The Kodak Concert Band, founded in 1980, keeps going today though nearly all of its members no longer work at Eastman Kodak, says Donna Mero, a 35-year piccolo player and the band librarian. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "What Do Amazon, Google and Salesforce Have in Common? In-House Music Groups.," 27 Jan. 2020 Lizzo also played piccolo for the University of Houston marching band, which now features prominently in her music. Houston Chronicle, "THE MUST LIST: Lizzo, The Raconteurs," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of piccolo

Adjective

1832, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piccolo

Adjective

Italian, small

Noun

Italian, short for piccolo flauto small flute

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The first known use of piccolo was in 1832

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“Piccolo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piccolo. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for piccolo

piccolo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of piccolo

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

piccolo

noun
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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