sin·​fo·​nia | \ ˌsin-fə-ˈnē-ə How to pronounce sinfonia (audio) \
plural sinfonie\ ˌsin-​fə-​ˈnē-​ˌā How to pronounce sinfonie (audio) \

Definition of sinfonia

1 : an orchestral prelude to a vocal work (such as an opera) especially in the 18th century : overture

Examples of sinfonia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not Wagner but Mozart will accompany the Bruckner at Carnegie Hall, in the form of six piano concertos and two sinfonias concertante. David Allen, New York Times, "A Long Party of Concerts to Celebrate Anton Bruckner," 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of sinfonia

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sinfonia

Italian, from Latin symphonia symphony

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“Sinfonia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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