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

Examples of sinfonietta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And much of the balance between his group and the sinfonietta was yet to be hashed out. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022

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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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The first known use of sinfonietta was circa 1907

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“Sinfonietta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sinfonietta. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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