sinfonietta

noun
sin·​fo·​niet·​ta | \ ˌsin-fən-ˈye-tə How to pronounce sinfonietta (audio) , -fōn-\

Definition of sinfonietta

1 : a symphony of less than standard length or for fewer instruments
2 : a small symphony orchestra especially : an orchestra of strings only

First Known Use of sinfonietta

circa 1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sinfonietta

Italian, diminutive of sinfonia

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