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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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 15 May. 2021.

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