sinfonietta

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