Definitions

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

  • adv. All. Used chiefly as a direction to indicate that all performers are to take part.
  • n. An ensemble of musicians, in contrast to a solist or group of solists, in a concerto.
  • n. A passage of ensemble music intended to be executed by all the performers simultaneously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. All together. Indicates that the remainder of a group should join in playing after a solo or other passage with a reduced number of voices.
  • n. A passage in which all members of an orchestra are playing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. All; -- a direction for all the singers or players to perform together.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, all the voices or instruments together; concerted: opposed to solo.
  • n. A concerted movement or passage intended for or performed by all the voices or instruments together, or by most of them: opposed to solo.

Etymologies

Italian, pl. of tutto, all, from Vulgar Latin *tōttus, variant of Latin tōtus; see teutā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian tutti. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Claudia Cardinale, l'attrice che ho sempre seguito in tutti i suoi drive-in theatre criminal l'enorme ammirazione per la sua bellezza ...

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  • La Rocca di Pietore, situata né monti più aspri e confinante con paesi esteri, in tutti i tempi esposta all 'invasione dei nemici, con caratteri di Sangue ha dati segni infallibile della sua fede, e dimostrato che gli abitanti di quella, quanto più semplice e poveri di beni di fortuna, tanto più sonodotati di ardenza e prontezza a sagrificare sè stessi in servigio del principe loro; da che è sortito che sempre dalla Serenità Vostra sono stati con elementissimo occhio riguardati conservandoli in tutti i tempi illesi ed intalli quei privilegi che gli sono più delle pupille degli occhi cari, &c. &c. PRIMIERO.

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  • "tutti". however; sono tutti TERRONE. written by Guest, February 25, 2005

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  • When one's hair can rise no further, a final statement of the gallop theme brings us to the closing phrases of the work, with a rocking-horse series of E-major and B-major chords, a last powerful descent of those noble trombones, and a rousing tutti flourish to crown the ending in triumph.

    The Splendid Start to a Farewell to Opera

  • Antiphon This is the wood of the cross – chant (tutti)

    Music for Holy Week, St. John, Stamford

  • Psalm 118 This is the day the Lord has made – chant (tutti)

    Music for Holy Week, St. John, Stamford

  • If corporations are people, guess who ends up as capo di tutti capi.

    Paula Gordon: Who is "We"?

  • Così fan tutti, which, as I understand it, means "So do they all."

    Liberal Tax Dodgers and the Disrespected Sushi Chef

  • The NI head, son of the capo di tutti capi, had many techniques for side-stepping the trickier questions.

    James Murdoch: never has one man known so little, and so often

  • Everybody talked about it, everybody “was renewing”, everybody was trying to be like popes (tutti pontificavano) in the wake of sentimentalism, of eagerness to reform.

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