[ sin-fuh n-yet-uh, -fohn- ]
/ ˌsɪn fənˈyɛt ə, -foʊn- /


a short symphony.
a small symphony orchestra, often composed solely of stringed instruments.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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

/ (ˌsɪnfənˈjɛtə, -fəʊn-) /


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

Word Origin for sinfonietta

Italian: a little symphony, from sinfonia
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