- The definition of staccato is where each sound is short and distinct from the other sounds.
An example of sound that would be described as staccato is the sound of a machine gun.
- Staccato is music or speech where each sound is short and disconnected from the other sounds.
An example of staccato is a song with short, quick notes.
- Musical Direction with distinct breaks between successive tones: usually indicated by a dot () placed over or under each note to be so produced
- made up of abrupt, distinct elements or sounds: a staccato outburst of gunfire
Origin: It, past participle of staccare, aphetic for distaccare, to detach from di(s)- (from L, dis-) plush Frankish an unverified form stakka: see stick
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- Music Cut short crisply; detached: staccato octaves.
- Marked by or composed of abrupt, disconnected parts or sounds: staccato applause.
Origin: Italian, past participle of staccare, to detach, short for distaccare, from obsolete French destacher, from Old French destachier; see detach.
- stac·caˈto adverb
staccato - Cultural Definition
A direction in music meaning that the notes should be performed in an abrupt, sharp, clear-cut manner.
- The term staccato has been applied generally to things that occur in rapid bursts, such as gunfire.