sinfonia

noun

sin·​fo·​nia ˌsin-fə-ˈnē-ə How to pronounce sinfonia (audio)
plural sinfonie ˌsin-fə-ˈnē-ˌā How to pronounce sinfonia (audio)
1
: an orchestral prelude to a vocal work (such as an opera) especially in the 18th century : overture
2

Example Sentences

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, 13 Jan. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Italian, from Latin symphonia symphony

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sinfonia was in 1773

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“Sinfonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sinfonia. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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