[sin-fuh n-yet-uh, -fohn-]
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  1. a short symphony.
  2. a small symphony orchestra, often composed solely of stringed instruments.
  3. a symphony for fewer than the usual number of instruments.

Origin of sinfonietta

1920–25; < Italian; diminutive of sinfonia sinfonia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for sinfonietta

band, ensemble, group, sinfonietta

Examples from the Web for sinfonietta

Historical Examples of sinfonietta

  • In portions of the "Sinfonietta," five rhythms are to be found warring against each other.

    Musical Portraits

    Paul Rosenfeld

British Dictionary definitions for sinfonietta


  1. a short or light symphony
  2. (capital when part of name) a small symphony orchestra

Word Origin for sinfonietta

Italian: a little symphony, from sinfonia
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