piccolo

adjective
pic·​co·​lo | \ˈpi-kə-ˌlō \

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

piccoloist \ ˈpi-​kə-​ˌlō-​ist \ noun

Examples of piccolo in a Sentence

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Oboes and bassoons sounded by themselves, a piccolo duet was accompanied by several violins playing pizzicato, and horns bellowed in their lowest register. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A rare, fiery performance of a Rebel ballet kicks off Mainly Mozart Festival," 10 June 2018 Scored for piano, violin, cello, clarinet, and flute/piccolo, the work’s first movement lurked. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Network for New Music's Linda Reichert feted with new works," 30 Apr. 2018 High School Wind Symphony: Maggie Chen, clarinet, Canyon Crest Academy; Eddy Lanois, trumpet, Rancho Bernardo High; Isabelle Jamois, piccolo, San Marcos High. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "All-star state music students perform," 21 Apr. 2018 The sisters also extended their range of instruments — besides the piano, Marta learned the trumpet, Mary the clarinet and saxophone and Maggy the flute and piccolo. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "With song and spirit, Kenyan triplets graduating St. Mary’s," 10 May 2018 That means not just the two flutes, but also just the piccolo player, and the harp player, and the tympani player and all the brass. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake Forest Civic Orchestra performs world premieres of women composers," 27 Apr. 2018 Dazzling solos dot these tracks—especially from Messrs. Valera and Apfelbaum, and from Michael Thomas, who plays saxophones and piccolo—yet these are all concise, and tightly wrapped in compositional context. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Back to the Sunset’ Review: A Cuban Drummer Realizes His Grandest Dream," 2 Apr. 2018 The singularity of Hampton’s instrumentation — which included tuba, flute and piccolo — gave the piece symphonic grandeur, even as it was predicated on jazz-swing rhythm. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Honoring Marian McPartland, the jazz icon who smashed glass ceilings," 26 Mar. 2018 Musicians in the group actually play a range of instruments in the flute family, including the piccolo as well as the alto, bass and the C-flute. Barbara Dargis, Daily Southtown, "MVCC musical group focuses on flutes as it prepares for spring concert," 3 Mar. 2018

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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

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 \
plural piccolos

Kids Definition of piccolo

: a high-pitched instrument resembling a small flute

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