- played by plucking the strings with the finger instead of using the bow, as on a violin.
- a note or passage so played.
Origin of pizzicato
Examples from the Web for pizzicato
“It is a pizzicato for one instrument,” replied the operator.The Violin</p>
The pizzicato accompaniment of the air fitly suggests a serenade.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 3 (of 3)
The pizzicato tuning of a violin is heard through the window.Stars of the Opera
He invented the tremolo and the pizzicato, and originated the vocal duet.For Every Music Lover
Aubertine Woodward Moore
And the third movement is got under way, till we reach a pizzicato passage which Sally begins playing with the bow by mistake.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
- (in music for the violin family) to be plucked with the finger
- the style or technique of playing a normally bowed stringed instrument in this manner
Word Origin and History for pizzicato
1845, from Italian pizzicato "plucked," past participle of pizzicare "to pluck (strings), pinch," from pizzare "to prick, to sting," from Old Italian pizzo "point, edge," from Vulgar Latin *pits-, probably of imitative origin. As an adjective from 1880.