libretti

libretto

[li-bret-oh]
noun, plural librettos, libretti [li-bret-ee] .
1.
the text or words of an opera or similar extended musical composition.
2.
a book or booklet containing such a text.

Origin:
1735–45; < Italian, diminutive of libro book < Latin liber; see -et

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libretto (lɪˈbrɛtəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos, -ti
a text written for and set to music in an opera, etc
 
[C18: from Italian, diminutive of libro book]

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libretto
(pl. libretti), 1742, from It. libretto, dim. of libro "book," from L. liber (gen. libri), see library. Related: Librettist.
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