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[son-uh-tee-nuh; Italian saw-nah-tee-nah]
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.
  1. a short or simplified sonata.
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Origin of sonatina

1715–25; < Italian, diminutive of sonata
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Examples from the Web for sonatina

Historical Examples

  • Beethoven wrote for it a Sonatina per il mandolino, dedicated to his friend Krumpholz.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 5


British Dictionary definitions for sonatina


  1. a short sonata
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Word Origin

C19: from Italian
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Word Origin and History for sonatina


short or simplified sonata, 1801, a diminutive of sonata.

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