Definitions

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

  • n. An instrumental composition serving as an overture, as to an opera or cantata, especially in the 18th century.
  • n. A symphonic composition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A symphony.
  • n. A piece or music serving as an overture, interlude or ritornello.
  • n. A small symphony orchestra.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, same as symphony.

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin symphōnia, group of musicians; see symphony.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • The quartet played original instruments – a sinfonia, a fídulo (which seemed to have only one string), viola de gamba, lute, and various versions of guitars.

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  • Sete balões de ar quente, cada um equipado com uma coluna de som descolam ao nascer do sol voando sobre o lado ocidental da cidade de Sidney criando uma sinfonia aérea.

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  • “Concentrandoci sulla sincronizzazione di prodotti HP, le stampanti diventano una orchestra in una sinfonia estetica condotta dai PC.”

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  • A derrota de Napoleão na Rússia inspirou Guerra e Paz de Tolstoi; os acordes da sinfonia 1812 de Tchaikovsky fazem parte da memória musical do mundo.

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  • Só para referência: post composto ao som da sinfonia Appalachian Spring, de Aaron Copland.

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  • Apesar da qualidade do som da banda, o mais excitante no concerto foi a sinfonia de máquinas de jogo e o jogo de imagens das mesinhas de pano verde.

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  • It is, however, curious that the bag-pipe was known in Italy and Spain during the middle ages, the two countries through which Eastern culture was introduced into Europe, by the name of _zampogna_ or _sampogna_, which strongly recall the Chaldaean _sump [= o] ny [= a] _; and further that in the same countries the word _sinfonia_ should be coexistent with _zampogna_ and have the original meaning attached to the classical

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