Dictionary.com

pizzicato

[ pit-si-kah-toh; Italian peet-tsee-kah-taw ]
/ ˌpɪt sɪˈkɑ toʊ; Italian ˌpit tsiˈkɑ tɔ /
Music.
Save This Word!

adjective
played by plucking the strings with the finger instead of using the bow, as on a violin.
noun, plural piz·zi·ca·ti [pit-si-kah-tee; Italian peet-tsee-kah-tee]. /ˌpɪt sɪˈkɑ ti; Italian ˌpit tsiˈkɑ ti/.
a note or passage so played.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of pizzicato

1835–45; <Italian, past participle of pizzicare to pluck, pick, twang (a stringed instrument)

Words nearby pizzicato

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use pizzicato in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pizzicato

pizzicato
/ (ˌpɪtsɪˈkɑːtəʊ) music /

adjective, adverb
(in music for the violin family) to be plucked with the finger
noun
the style or technique of playing a normally bowed stringed instrument in this manner

Word Origin for pizzicato

C19: from Italian: pinched, from pizzicare to twist, twang
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK