[sawr-dee-noh; Italian sawr-dee-naw]
Origin of sordino
1795–1805; < Italian: a mute, equivalent to sordo (< Latin surdus deaf) + -ino -ine1
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Examples from the Web for sordino
He was using a sordino and playing it very softly; but I was not mistaken.The Lost Stradivarius
John Meade Falkner
A sordino, or boat-shaped pochette; English, seventeenth century.
A sordino, or pochette, by "Baptista Bressano," supposed to date from the end of the fifteenth century.
Another modification of tone is caused by placing a tiny instrument called a sordino, or mute, upon the bridge.How to Listen to Music, 7th ed.
Henry Edward Krehbiel
- 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
Italian: from sordo deaf, from Latin surdus