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.


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


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