An example of staccato is a song with short, quick notes.
An example of sound that would be described as staccato is the sound of a machine gun.
A staccato outburst of gunfire.
He spoke with a deep staccato voice.
Now, play the same passage very staccato.
Origin of staccato
- Italian past participle of staccare to detach short for distaccare from obsolete French destacher from Old French destachier detach
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Italian staccato "detached, disconnected", past participle of staccare "to detach, separate", aphetic variant of distaccare "to separate, detach" from Middle French destacher "to detach" from Old French destachier "to detach" from des- +"Ž attachier (“to attach"), alteration of estachier "to fasten with or to a stake, lay claim to" from estach(e) "a stake", from Low Frankish *stakka "stake", from Proto-Germanic *stakkaz, *stakkÄ“n (“stick, stake"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teg- (“stick, stake"). Akin to Old High German stecko "post" (German Stecken "stick"), Old Saxon stekko "stake", Old Norse stakkr "hay stack, heap", Old English staca "stake". More at stake.