sinfonietta

sinfonietta

[sin-fuhn-yet-uh, -fohn-]
noun
1.
a short symphony.
2.
a small symphony orchestra, often composed solely of stringed instruments.
3.
a symphony for fewer than the usual number of instruments.

Origin:
1920–25; < Italian; diminutive of sinfonia sinfonia

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sinfonietta (ˌsɪnfənˈjɛtə, -fəʊn-)
 
n
1.  a short or light symphony
2.  (capital when part of name) a small symphony orchestra
 
[Italian: a little symphony, from sinfonia]

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