sinfonietta definition by Webster's New World
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a brief symphony, usually for a small orchestra
Origin: Italian diminutive of sinfonia: see sinfonia
sinfonietta definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A symphony that is shorter than usual or that calls for fewer than the usual number of instruments.
- A small symphony orchestra, especially one consisting of stringed instruments only.
Origin: Italian, diminutive of sinfonia, sinfonia; see sinfonia.