Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short concerto.
  • n. The solo group in a concerto grosso.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a short concerto.
  • n. the group of solo instruments in a concerto grosso.
  • n. a section in a concerto grosso played by three instruments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece for one or more solo instruments with orchestra; -- more concise than the concerto.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a small concerto.
  • In music, employed in the performance of a concerto: as, a violino concertino.
  • n. In a concerto grosso (which see), the group of solo instruments taken collectively.

Etymologies

Italian, diminutive of concerto, concert; see concert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • It is one reason the border patrol is now installing razor sharp concertino wire on top of border fencing along this violent stretch east of the city.

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  • It's one reason the Border Patrol is now installing razor sharp concertino wire on top of border fencing along this violent stretch east of the city.

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  • But again, his spokesman here in Baghdad quick to clarify those comments, saying that the prime minister was objecting to a continuous concrete wall to be set up in this area, and then explaining that that was not the intent, but rather that the wall would be a mix of blast walls, concrete barriers, in some places sand barriers, other areas concertino wire, with multiple checkpoints.

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  • I mean, a little concertino wire around there or something.

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  • Still, they came by the hundreds to apply for a place in the Iraqi army, filing through a maze of concertino wire and blast walls set up to protect them from insurgents attacks before they've even signed up.

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  • Under the watchful eyes of U.S. troops, the demonstrators lay down or sat along the concertino wire, vowing to continue to the protests and put more pressure on U.S. officials.

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  • But Larcher has a surprise up his sleeve: a further concertino section consisting of electric zither, percussion, accordion and prepared piano the latter played by himself.

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  • Gabiel's Oboe from "The Mission," Vivaldi's violin concerto and Chaminade's concertino for flute and orchestra.

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  • The Juilliard String Quartet took the role of the Baroque concertino, or small solo group, playing in consort with the ripieno, or full orchestra.

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