[kuhn-cher-toh; Italian kawn-cher-taw]
noun, plural concertos, concerti [kuhn-cher-tee] . Music.
a composition for one or more principal instruments, with orchestral accompaniment, now usually in symphonic form.

1720–30; < Italian, derivative of concertare; see concert (v.) Unabridged
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concerto (kənˈtʃɛətəʊ)
n , pl -tos, -ti
1.  sonata See also symphony a composition for an orchestra and one or more soloists. The classical concerto usually consisted of several movements, and often a cadenza
2.  another word for ripieno
[C18: from Italian: concert]

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Word Origin & History

1730, from It. concerto (see concert). Concerto grosso is from 1724.
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Cultural Dictionary
concerto [(kuhn-chair-toh)]

A piece of instrumental music written for one or more soloists and an orchestra.

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Example sentences
The concerto alternated between evocative dreaminess and bright good humor.
Lanier's compositions include movie scores, works for opera and ballet, and a triple concerto.
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