[kav-uh-tee-nuh; Italian kah-vah-tee-nah]

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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cavatina

Historical Examples of cavatina

  • "Are you not coming back, to hear the end of the Cavatina;" inquired Melanie.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • How charming is the melody of the cavatina 'Grace pour toi!'


    Honore de Balzac

  • This first and only cavatina of Laertes is well worth a good artist.

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

  • She sang, in a small and graceful voice, a cavatina, Tanti Palpiti.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • She was supposed to be very brilliant in the part, especially in the Cavatina of the first act.

British Dictionary definitions for cavatina


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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