from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A symphony that is shorter than usual or that calls for fewer than the usual number of instruments.
- n. A small symphony orchestra, especially one consisting of stringed instruments only.
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- n. A small-scale symphony (either in length or size of orchestra needed).
- n. A small orchestra.
Italian, diminutive of sinfonia, sinfonia; see sinfonia.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)