- shortened and detached when played or sung: staccato notes.
- characterized by performance in which the notes are abruptly disconnected: a staccato style of playing.Compare legato.
- composed of or characterized by abruptly disconnected elements; disjointed: rapid-fire, staccato speech.
- in a staccato manner.
- performance in a staccato manner.
- a staccato passage.
Origin of staccato
Examples from the Web for staccato
Cantonese, with its individual characters, also forces rappers to adopt a staccato lyricism.Why Won’t Hong Kong Get Down With Hip-Hop?
June 10, 2014
I dashed into my room but Meg's staccato reached me even there.The Bacillus of Beauty
Almost simultaneously the air resounded with staccato bursts.
Whatever of despair he felt did not appear in his staccato orders.
His face was set and his voice as he greeted O'Moy sharp and staccato.The Snare
The ticking of the clock and the snapping of the fire mingled in a staccato duet.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
- music (of notes) short, clipped, and separate
- characterized by short abrupt sounds, as in speecha staccato command
- (esp used as a musical direction) in a staccato manner
Word Origin and History for staccato
1724, from Italian staccato, literally "detached, disconnected," from past participle of staccare "to detach," shortened form of distaccare "separate, detach," from Middle French destacher, from Old French destachier "to detach" (see detach).
A direction in music meaning that the notes should be performed in an abrupt, sharp, clear-cut manner.