[ kuhn-cher-toh; Italian kawn-cher-taw ]
/ kənˈtʃɛr toʊ; Italian kɔnˈtʃɛr tɔ /

noun, plural con·cer·tos, con·cer·ti [kuhn-cher-tee]. /kənˈtʃɛr ti/. Music.

a composition for one or more principal instruments, with orchestral accompaniment, now usually in symphonic form.

Origin of concerto

1720–30; <Italian, derivative of concertare;see concert (v.) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for concerto

/ (kənˈtʃɛətəʊ) /

noun plural -tos or -ti (-tɪ)

a composition for an orchestra and one or more soloists. The classical concerto usually consisted of several movements, and often a cadenzaSee also sonata (def. 1), symphony (def. 1)
another word for ripieno

Word Origin for concerto

C18: from Italian: concert
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Cultural definitions for concerto

[ (kuhn-chair-toh) ]

A piece of instrumental music written for one or more soloists and an orchestra.

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