sym·pho·nette | \ ¦sim(p)-fə-¦net \
plural symphonettes

Definition of symphonette 

1a : a symphony orchestra that plays light music in addition to the standard classical repertoire

b : sinfonietta sense 2

c : an amateur symphony orchestra

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First Known Use of symphonette

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for symphonette

symphony + -ette

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