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[ar-ee-et-uh; Italian ah-ree-et-tah]
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noun, plural ar·i·et·tas, ar·i·et·te [ar-ee-et-uh; Italian ah-ree-et-te] /ˌær iˈɛt ə; Italian ˌɑ riˈɛt tɛ/. Music.
  1. a short aria.
Also ar·i·ette [ar-ee-et] /ˌær iˈɛt/.

Origin of arietta

1735–45; < Italian, equivalent to ari(a) aria + -etta -ette
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Examples from the Web for arietta

Historical Examples

  • "I am glad you did not go into the place, Wild," Arietta said.

    Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"

    An Old Scout

  • They all took advantage of it but one, and that was Arietta.

  • "I don't know as I have got to tell you where my money is," replied Arietta, coolly.

  • He was within twenty feet of them when Arietta turned and saw him.

  • Anna and Eloise were perfectly willing to this, but Arietta shook her head.

British Dictionary definitions for arietta


ariette (ˌærɪˈɛt)

noun plural -ettas, -ette (-ˈette) or -ettes
  1. a short relatively uncomplicated aria

Word Origin

C18: from Italian, diminutive of aria
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