Libretto definition

lĭ-brĕtō
The text of a dramatic musical work such as an opera, including the lyrics to be sung and sometimes interpolated spoken passages.
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A book containing such a text.
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The words, or text, of an opera, oratorio, or other long choral work.
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A book containing these words.
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The text of a dramatic musical work, such as an opera.
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A book containing such a text.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
libretto
Plural:
librettos

Origin of libretto

  • Italian diminutive of libro book from Latin liber libr- inner bark of trees used as a writing material, book

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian, diminutive of libro (“book"), from Latin liber (“book").

    From Wiktionary