sym·​pho·​nette ¦sim(p)-fə-¦net How to pronounce symphonette (audio)
plural symphonettes
: a symphony orchestra that plays light music in addition to the standard classical repertoire
: an amateur symphony orchestra

Word History


symphony + -ette

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of symphonette was in 1862

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near symphonette

Cite this Entry

“Symphonette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!