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[ar-ee-et-uh; Italian ah-ree-et-tah] /ˌær iˈɛt ə; Italian ˌɑ riˈɛt tɑ/
noun, plural ariettas, ariette
[ar-ee-et-uh; Italian ah-ree-et-te] /ˌær iˈɛt ə; Italian ˌɑ riˈɛt tɛ/ (Show IPA).
a short aria.
Also, ariette
[ar-ee-et] /ˌær iˈɛt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of arietta
1735-45; < Italian, equivalent to ari(a) aria + -etta -ette Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The first is an "ariette," with an accompaniment imitating the guitar.

  • Varvra Pvlovna played two or three little things of Thalberg's, and coquettishly "recited" a French ariette.

    A Nobleman's Nest Ivan Turgenieff
British Dictionary definitions for ariette


/ˌærɪˈɛtə; Italian ariˈetta/
noun (pl) -ettas, -ette (-ˈette), -ettes
a short relatively uncomplicated aria
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, diminutive of aria
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