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[kav-uh-tee-nuh; Italian kah-vah-tee-nah] /ˌkæv əˈti nə; Italian ˌkɑ vɑˈti nɑ/
noun, plural cavatine
[kav-uh-tee-ney; Italian kah-vah-tee-ne] /ˌkæv əˈti neɪ; Italian ˌkɑ vɑˈti nɛ/ (Show IPA).
a simple song or melody, properly one without a second part or a repeat; an air.
Origin of cavatina
1830-40; < Italian, equivalent to cavat(a) song (literally, something drawn out, noun use of feminine of cavata < Latin cavātus hollowed out, hollow; see cave, -ate1) + -ina -ine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for cavatina
Historical Examples
  • "Are you not coming back, to hear the end of the cavatina;" inquired Melanie.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • How charming is the melody of the cavatina 'Grace pour toi!'

    Gambara Honore de Balzac
  • This first and only cavatina of Laertes is well worth a good artist.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • She sang, in a small and graceful voice, a cavatina, Tanti Palpiti.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • She was supposed to be very brilliant in the part, especially in the cavatina of the first act.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • It is not right that Velluti should sing the cavatina of Aureliano so that the author can scarcely recognise it himself.

    The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • Rossini has taken the most beautiful phrase from the duet in Ricciardo, and turned it into a cavatina for your new opera.

    The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • The whole of the grand fourth act, with the exception of one cavatina, was composed in three hours.

    Great Musical Composers

    George T. Ferris
  • Schuppanzighs high opinion of the cavatina was shared by many and also by Beethoven himself.

  • Camille had varied, modified, and lengthened the introduction to the cavatina: "Mercy for thee, mercy for me!"

    Beatrix Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for cavatina


noun (pl) -ne (-nɪ)
a solo song resembling a simple aria
an instrumental composition reminiscent of this
Word Origin
C19: from Italian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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