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pizzicato

play
noun piz·zi·ca·to \ˌpit-si-ˈkä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of pizzicato

plural

pizzicati

play \ˌpit-si-ˈkä-(ˌ)tē\
  1. :  a note or passage played by plucking strings

1790

First Known Use of pizzicato

1790


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pizzicato

adverb or adjective piz·zi·ca·to

Definition of pizzicato

  1. :  by means of plucking instead of bowing —used as a direction in music — compare arco

Origin and Etymology of pizzicato

Italian, past participle of pizzicare to pluck


First Known Use: circa 1771


PIZZICATO Defined for English Language Learners

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pizzicato

adverb or adjective piz·zi·ca·to

Definition of pizzicato for English Language Learners

  • —used as a direction in music to indicate that notes should be played by plucking the strings of a violin, viola, cello, etc., with the fingers instead of by using a bow


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