noun, plural so·pra·ni·nos.

a musical instrument, as a saxophone or recorder, that is a pitch higher than the soprano instrument of its class.

Origin of sopranino

1900–05; < Italian, equivalent to sopran(o) soprano + -ino diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sopranino


noun plural -nos

  1. the instrument with the highest possible pitch in a family of instruments
  2. (as modifier)a sopranino recorder

Word Origin for sopranino

Italian, diminutive of soprano
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