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staccato

[stuh-kah-toh] /stəˈkɑ toʊ/
adjective
1.
shortened and detached when played or sung:
staccato notes.
2.
characterized by performance in which the notes are abruptly disconnected:
a staccato style of playing.
Compare legato.
3.
composed of or characterized by abruptly disconnected elements; disjointed:
rapid-fire, staccato speech.
adverb
4.
in a staccato manner.
noun, plural staccatos, staccati
[stuh-kah-tee] /stəˈkɑ ti/ (Show IPA)
5.
performance in a staccato manner.
6.
a staccato passage.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian: disconnected, past participle of staccare (derivative of stacca pole < Gothic, but taken as a variant of distaccare to detach)
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British Dictionary definitions for staccatos

staccato

/stəˈkɑːtəʊ/
adjective
1.
(music) (of notes) short, clipped, and separate
2.
characterized by short abrupt sounds, as in speech: a staccato command
adverb
3.
(esp used as a musical direction) in a staccato manner
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from staccare to detach, shortened from distaccare
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Word Origin and History for staccatos

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).

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staccatos in Culture
staccato [(stuh-kah-toh)]

A direction in music meaning that the notes should be performed in an abrupt, sharp, clear-cut manner.

Note: The term staccato has been applied generally to things that occur in rapid bursts, such as gunfire.
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