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View synonyms for pianissimo

pianissimo

[ pee-uh-nis-uh-moh; Italian pyah-nees-see-maw ]

adjective

  1. very soft.


adverb

  1. very softly.

noun

, plural pi·a·nis·si·mos.
  1. a passage or movement played in this way.

pianissimo

/ pɪəˈnɪsɪˌməʊ /

adjective

  1. music (to be performed) very quietly pp


pianissimo

  1. A musical direction meaning “to be performed very softly”; the opposite of fortissimo .


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pianissimo1

1715–25; < Italian, superlative of piano piano 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pianissimo1

C18: from Italian, superlative of piano soft

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Example Sentences

A strong climax is worked up on the second page, which dies away on the third to a pianissimo of utter despair.

He raised one hand deprecatingly, while the other still weaved in and out in a pianissimo accompaniment.

De Pachmann plays it much faster, and with such a beautiful pianissimo!

He used to suggest a diminuendo by crouching down more and more, and at a pianissimo he would almost creep under the desk.

In one place there are two holds, one immediately after the other, of which the second is pianissimo.

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