[ pik-uh-loh ]
/ ˈpɪk əˌloʊ /

noun, plural pic·co·los.

a small flute sounding an octave higher than the ordinary flute.

Origin of piccolo

1855–60; < Italian: literally, small
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British Dictionary definitions for piccolo


/ (ˈpɪkəˌləʊ) /

noun plural -los

a woodwind instrument, the smallest member of the flute family, lying an octave above that of the fluteSee flute (def. 1)

Word Origin for piccolo

C19: from Italian: small; compare English petty, French petit
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Culture definitions for piccolo


[ (pik-uh-loh) ]

A small, high-pitched flute.

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