very soft(ly): often used as a musical direction
Origin of pianissimoIt, superlative of piano: see piano,
pl. -·mos· or pia·nis′simi·
a pianissimo passage
& adj.Abbr. pp
In a very soft or quiet tone. Used chiefly as a direction.
A part of a composition played very softly or quietly.
Origin of pianissimoItalian, superlative of piano, soft; see piano2.
(comparative more pianissimo, superlative most pianissimo)
- (music) The musical term indicating that the piece (a section of it) should be played very softly.
(plural pianissimos or pianissimi)
- A dynamic sign indicating that a portion of music should be played pianissimo.
- A portion of music that is played very softly.