Pianissimo Definition

pēə-nĭsə-mō
pianissimi, pianissimos
adjective
In a very soft or quiet tone. Used chiefly as a direction.
American Heritage
Very soft(ly)
Webster's New World
noun
pianissimos
A pianissimo passage.
Webster's New World
A part of a composition played very softly or quietly.
American Heritage
A dynamic sign indicating that a portion of music should be played pianissimo.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
piano
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adverb

(music) The musical term indicating that the piece (a section of it) should be played very softly.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
very softly
Antonyms:
fortissimo

Other Word Forms of Pianissimo

Noun

Singular:
pianissimo
Plural:
pianissimi, pianissimos

Origin of Pianissimo

  • Italian superlative of piano soft piano2

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

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