cavatina

[ kav-uh-tee-nuh; Italian kah-vah-tee-nah ]
/ ˌkæv əˈti nə; Italian ˌkɑ vɑˈti nɑ /

noun, plural cav·a·ti·ne [kav-uh-tee-ney; Italian kah-vah-tee-ne]. /ˌkæv əˈti neɪ; Italian ˌkɑ vɑˈti nɛ/. Music.

a simple song or melody, properly one without a second part or a repeat; an air.

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Origin of cavatina

1830–40; <Italian, equivalent to cavat(a) song (literally, something drawn out, noun use of feminine of cavata<Latin cavātus hollowed out, hollow; see cave, -ate1) + -ina-ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for cavatina

cavatina
/ (ˌkævəˈtiːnə) /

noun plural -ne (-nɪ)

a solo song resembling a simple aria
an instrumental composition reminiscent of this

Word Origin for cavatina

C19: from Italian
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