The definition of staccato is where each sound is short and distinct from the other sounds.(adjective)
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.(noun)
An example of staccato is a song with short, quick notes.
See staccato in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: It, pp. of staccare, aphetic for distaccare, to detach < di(s)- (< L, dis-) + Frank *stakka: see stick
noun pl. staccatos
See staccato in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , past participle of staccare, to detach
Origin: , short for distaccare
Origin: , from obsolete French destacher
Origin: , from Old French destachier; see detach.
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