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cabaletta

[kab-uh-let-uh, kah-buh-; Italian kah-bah-let-tah]
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noun, plural ca·ba·let·tas, ca·ba·let·te [kab-uh-let-ey, kah-buh-; Italian kah-bah-let-te] /ˌkæb əˈlɛt eɪ, ˌkɑ bə-; Italian ˌkɑ bɑˈlɛt tɛ/.
  1. a short, operatic aria of simple form and style.

Origin of cabaletta

1835–45; < Italian, alteration of coboletta stanza, diminutive of cob(b)ola, cobla stanza, couplet < Old Provençal cobla < Latin cōpula bond; see copula
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Historical Examples

  • In this cabaletta we noticed a tendency to show off vocal gifts which may be just a little out of place.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II

    James H. Mapleson

  • Here alone he adheres to the old tradition of cavatina and cabaletta—the slow movement followed by the quick.

    The Opera

    R.A. Streatfeild


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