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pianissimo

[ pee-uh-nis-uh-moh; Italian pyah-nees-see-maw ]
/ ˌpi əˈnɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian pyɑˈnis siˌmɔ /
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adjective

very soft.

adverb

very softly.

noun, plural pi·a·nis·si·mos.

a passage or movement played in this way.

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Origin of pianissimo

1715–25; <Italian, superlative of pianopiano2

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British Dictionary definitions for pianissimo

pianissimo
/ (pɪəˈnɪsɪˌməʊ) /

adjective, adverb

music (to be performed) very quietlySymbol: pp

Word Origin for pianissimo

C18: from Italian, superlative of piano soft
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Cultural definitions for pianissimo

pianissimo
[ (pee-uh-nis-uh-moh) ]

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

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