[ son-uh-tee-nuh; Italian saw-nah-tee-nah ]
/ ˌsɒn əˈti nə; Italian ˌsɔ nɑˈti nɑ /
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noun, plural son·a·ti·nas, son·a·ti·ne [son-uh-tee-ney; Italian saw-nah-tee-ne]. /ˌsɒn əˈti neɪ; Italian ˌsɔ nɑˈti nɛ/. Music.
a short or simplified sonata.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of sonatina
1715–25; <Italian, diminutive of sonata
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Example sentences from the Web for sonatina
Beethoven wrote for it a Sonatina per il mandolino, dedicated to his friend Krumpholz.
British Dictionary definitions for sonatina
/ (ˌsɒnəˈtiːnə) /
a short sonata
Word Origin for sonatina
C19: from Italian
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