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sinfonietta

[ sin-fuhn-yet-uh, -fohn- ]
/ ˌsɪn fənˈyɛt ə, -foʊn- /
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noun

a short symphony.
a small symphony orchestra, often composed solely of stringed instruments.
a symphony for fewer than the usual number of instruments.

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Origin of sinfonietta

1920–25; <Italian; diminutive of sinfoniasinfonia
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British Dictionary definitions for sinfonietta

sinfonietta
/ (ˌsɪnfənˈjɛtə, -fəʊn-) /

noun

a short or light symphony
(capital when part of name) a small symphony orchestra
Italian: a little symphony, from sinfonia
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