[ kab-uh-let-uh, kah-buh-; Italian kah-bah-let-tah ]

noun,plural ca·ba·let·tas, ca·ba·let·te [kab-uh-let-ey, kah-buh-; Italian kah-bah-let-te]. /ˌkæb əˈlɛt eɪ, ˌkɑ bə-; Italian ˌkɑ bɑˈlɛt tɛ/.
  1. a short, operatic aria of simple form and style.

Origin of cabaletta

1835–45; <Italian, alteration of coboletta stanza, diminutive of cob(b)ola, cobla stanza, couplet <Old Provençal cobla<Latin cōpula bond; see copula

Words Nearby cabaletta Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cabaletta in a sentence

  • In this cabaletta we noticed a tendency to show off vocal gifts which may be just a little out of place.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II | James H. Mapleson
  • Here alone he adheres to the old tradition of cavatina and cabaletta—the slow movement followed by the quick.

    The Opera | R.A. Streatfeild
  • The second subject in C, is in the style of the Italian aria, concluding with the lively cabaletta strain.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work | Stephen Samuel Stratton