sordino

[ sawr-dee-noh; Italian sawr-dee-naw ]
/ sɔrˈdi noʊ; Italian sɔrˈdi nɔ /

noun, plural sor·di·ni [sawr-dee-nee Italian sawr-dee-nee] /sɔrˈdi ni Italian sɔrˈdi ni/. Music.

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Origin of sordino

1795–1805; < Italian: a mute, equivalent to sordo (< Latin surdus deaf) + -ino -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for sordino

sordino
/ (sɔːˈdiːnəʊ) /

noun plural -ni (-niː)

a mute for a stringed or brass musical instrument
any of the dampers that arrest the vibrations of piano strings
con sordino or con sordini a musical direction to play with a mute
senza sordino or senza sordini a musical direction to remove or play without the mute or (on the piano) with the sustaining pedal pressed down
See also sourdine

Word Origin for sordino

Italian: from sordo deaf, from Latin surdus
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