noun, plural piz·zi·ca·ti [pit-si-kah-tee; Italian peet-tsee-kah-tee] /ˌpɪt sɪˈkɑ ti; Italian ˌpit tsiˈkɑ ti/.
Origin of pizzicato
Examples from the Web for pizzicato
Con sordino and pizzicato passages occur as often for the cello as for the violin.Music Notation and Terminology|Karl W. Gehrkens
Above the distant roll of the artillery, one gun stood out like a pizzicato note on a giant bass violin.The Blower of Bubbles|Arthur Beverley Baxter
The pizzicato tuning of a violin is heard through the window.Stars of the Opera|Mabel Wagnalls
He invented the tremolo and the pizzicato, and originated the vocal duet.For Every Music Lover|Aubertine Woodward Moore
It was the music of piano and the pizzicato plucking of strings—there was no pompous organ note, no ore rotundo any more.The Drunkard|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
British Dictionary definitions for pizzicato
Word Origin for pizzicato
Word Origin and History for pizzicato
1845, from Italian pizzicato "plucked," past participle of pizzicare "to pluck (strings), pinch," from pizzare "to prick, to sting," from Old Italian pizzo "point, edge," from Vulgar Latin *pits-, probably of imitative origin. As an adjective from 1880.