noun, plural pic·co·los.
Origin of piccolo
Examples from the Web for piccolo
Piccolo was diagnosed with cancer in 1969 at the age of 25 and died less than a year later.7 Great Football Flicks From Horse Feathers to Friday Night Lights|The Daily Beast|January 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The piccolo player lay on his back on top of the piano, piping his shrill notes at the ceiling.The Day of the Beast|Zane Grey
I went on, "I owe you a supper, my friend, for that piccolo vezzeggiamento you have given me——"A Likely Story|William De Morgan
A sentence addressed to her must be as a piccolo, each word of it a stop, which she must be prepared to seize upon and play.The Trimmed Lamp|O. Henry
The piccolo who lights your cigar and accepts84 your five pfennigs at the Odéon is an Ethiopian dwarf.Europe After 8:15|H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
But Piccolo was then told to look in Lieblich Gedacht's pocket for a hazel nut, and when he found it to crack it.The Blue Rose Fairy Book|Maurice Baring
British Dictionary definitions for piccolo
noun plural -los
Word Origin for piccolo
Word Origin and History for piccolo
1856, piccolo flute, from French piccolo, from Italian flauto piccolo "small flute," from piccolo "small," perhaps a children's made-up word, or from picca "point," or from Vulgar Latin root *pikk- "little," related to *piccare "to pierce" (see pike (n.2)). Other sources suggest it is from the same source as French petit (see petit (adj.)).
Culture definitions for piccolo
A small, high-pitched flute.