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[kab-uh-let-uh, kah-buh-; Italian kah-bah-let-tah] /ˌkæb əˈlɛt ə, ˌkɑ bə-; Italian ˌkɑ bɑˈlɛt tɑ/
noun, plural cabalettas, cabalette
[kab-uh-let-ey, kah-buh-; Italian kah-bah-let-te] /ˌkæb əˈlɛt eɪ, ˌkɑ bə-; Italian ˌkɑ bɑˈlɛt tɛ/ (Show IPA)
a short, operatic aria of simple form and style.
Origin of cabaletta
1835-45; < Italian, alteration of coboletta stanza, diminutive of cob(b)ola, cobla stanza, couplet < Old Provençal cobla < Latin cōpula bond; see copula Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In this cabaletta we noticed a tendency to show off vocal gifts which may be just a little out of place.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II James H. Mapleson
  • Here alone he adheres to the old tradition of cavatina and cabaletta—the slow movement followed by the quick.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild

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