- a small flute sounding an octave higher than the ordinary flute.
Origin of piccolo
Examples from the Web for piccolo
Piccolo was diagnosed with cancer in 1969 at the age of 25 and died less than a year later.7 Great Football Flicks From Horse Feathers to Friday Night Lights
The Daily Beast
January 28, 2014
Get Piccolo to hook the boat and take Pony to the reservation.The Flight of Pony Baker
W. D. Howells
"To me it sounds like a cross between a clarinet, a flute, and a piccolo," he smiled.Frank Merriwell's Son
Burt L. Standish
Then he opened the bag, in which were sections of a flute and a piccolo.
Then suddenly the piccolo broke forth, wild, shrill, brilliant.
He almost hated the little handbag he carried, which held his flute and piccolo.
- a woodwind instrument, the smallest member of the flute family, lying an octave above that of the fluteSee flute (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for piccolo
1856, piccolo flute, from French piccolo, from Italian flauto piccolo "small flute," from piccolo "small," perhaps a children's made-up word, or from picca "point," or from Vulgar Latin root *pikk- "little," related to *piccare "to pierce" (see pike (n.2)). Other sources suggest it is from the same source as French petit (see petit (adj.)).
A small, high-pitched flute.