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a short cheerful or lively song, typically of the 16th to 18th centuries
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C16: Italian canzonetta, diminutive of canzone
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  • I told Zerbino and Dulcie to lie down, and I began to sing my canzonetta.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • Amongst other songs, I had learnt a Neapolitan canzonetta which was always greatly applauded.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot

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