noun, plural pi·a·nis·si·mos.
Origin of pianissimo
Examples from the Web for pianissimo
It begins ravishingly with flutes and clarinets and four violins, pianissimo, followed by a blare of brass.Contemporary American Composers|Rupert Hughes
At first the body of sound seemed overpowering, for there was no pianissimo, and not one of the regular orchestral effects.From the Oak to the Olive|Julia Ward Howe
Her movements are a pleasant adagio, her voice piano to pianissimo, her conversation breaks off in thrilling aposiopoeses.The Journal of a Disappointed Man|Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
His speciality was extreme delicacy, and his pianissimo extraordinary.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
There were soprano pinks so exquisite that a pianissimo trill on a violin seemed crude in comparison.Of Walks and Walking Tours|Arnold Haultain
Word Origin for pianissimo
1724, from Italian pianissimo "very softly," from Latin pianissimus, superlative of pianus (see piano).
A musical direction meaning “to be performed very softly”; the opposite of fortissimo.