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[too-tee; Italian toot-tee]Music.
  1. all; all the voices or instruments together.
  2. intended for or performed by all (or most of) the voices or instruments together, as a passage or movement in concert music (opposed to solo).
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noun, plural tut·tis.
  1. a tutti passage or movement.
  2. the tonal product or effect of a tutti performance.
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Origin of tutti

1715–25; < Italian, plural of tutto all
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Examples from the Web for tutti

Historical Examples

  • But even in the midst of his ungovernable rage, Tutti's voice reached him.

    Soap-Bubble Stories

    Fanny Barry

  • I shall never feel any love for Croisenois, Caylus, and tutti quanti.

  • What shall I say to you of the politics of M. Ollivier and tutti quanti?

  • No. 1: that's an overture for tutti; say, 'The Caliph of Bagdad.'

  • In all these the basic principle is the contrasting of the tutti and solo sections, which sustain a kind of dialogue.

    Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work

    Stephen Samuel Stratton

British Dictionary definitions for tutti


adjective, adverb
  1. music to be performed by the whole orchestra, choir, etcCompare soli
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian, pl of tutto all, from Latin tōtus
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