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sinfonia

[sin-foh-nee-uh; Italian seen-faw-nee-ah]
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noun, plural sin·fo·ni·as, sin·fo·ni·e [sin-foh-nee-ey; Italian seen-faw-nee-e] /ˌsɪn foʊˈni eɪ; Italian ˌsin fɔˈni ɛ/. Music.
  1. a symphony.

Origin of sinfonia

From Italian, dating back to 1880–85; see origin at symphony
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sinfonia

noun plural -nie (-ˈniːeɪ)
  1. another word for symphony (def. 2), symphony (def. 3)
  2. (capital when part of a name) a symphony orchestra

Word Origin

Italian
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Word Origin and History for sinfonia

n.

1773, from Italian sinfonia, from Medieval Latin symphonia (see symphony).

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