noun sin·fo·niet·ta \ˌsin-fən-ˈye-tə, -fōn-\

Definition of sinfonietta

  1. 1 :  a symphony of less than standard length or for fewer instruments

  2. 2 :  a small symphony orchestra; especially :  an orchestra of strings only

Origin and Etymology of sinfonietta

Italian, diminutive of sinfonia

First Known Use: circa 1907

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