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[ar-ee-et-uh; Italian ah-ree-et-tah]
noun, plural ar·i·et·tas, ar·i·et·te [ar-ee-et-uh; Italian ah-ree-et-te] /ˌær iˈɛt ə; Italian ˌɑ riˈɛt tɛ/. Music.
  1. a short aria.
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Also ar·i·ette [ar-ee-et] /ˌær iˈɛt/.

Origin of arietta

1735–45; < Italian, equivalent to ari(a) aria + -etta -ette
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Examples from the Web for ariettes

Historical Examples

  • This, for instance, is the first poem in the section called "Ariettes Oublis."

    The Kingdom of God is Within You, What is Art

    Lyof N. Tolstoi

  • The style of the two Arabesques and the more successful of the Ariettes oubliées is perfect.

  • I promised the daughter also some French ariettes, one of which I began to-day.

British Dictionary definitions for ariettes


ariette (ˌærɪˈɛt)

noun plural -ettas, -ette (-ˈette) or -ettes
  1. a short relatively uncomplicated aria
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian, diminutive of aria
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