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cabaletta

[ kab-uh-let-uh, kah-buh-; Italian kah-bah-let-tah ]
/ ˌkæb əˈlɛt ə, ˌkɑ bə-; Italian ˌkɑ bɑˈlɛt tɑ /
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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/.

a short, operatic aria of simple form and style.

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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

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Example sentences from the Web for cabaletta

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

  • 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
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