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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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  • My cousin Melanie was playing that cavatina even now, though now I did not care to stop and listen to it.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • "Are you not coming back, to hear the end of the cavatina;" inquired Melanie.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • There would be a superb entrance for him upon his return from the army, 'cavatina guerriera con cori'.

    Gerfaut, Complete Charles de Bernard
  • This first and only cavatina of Laertes is well worth a good artist.

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

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Just then a voice was heard in the adjoining room singing the cavatina—the voice of Mdlle.

    Great Singers, Second Series George T. Ferris
  • 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
  • The chord which closed his cavatina had sealed his fame in opera; but his fame was to him as ashes in his mouth.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • The whole of the grand fourth act, with the exception of one cavatina, was composed in three hours.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
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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