Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A composition for an orchestra and one or more solo instruments, typically in three movements.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In music: A concert.
  • noun Same as concertante.
  • noun A composition for two or more solo instruments of the same or of a different kind: as, Bach's concerto for four pianos; Handel's concerti grossi for two violins and violoncello soli, with accompaniment for a stringed orchestra. Such concertos are called double, triple, etc., according to the number of solo instruments.
  • noun A composition, usually in symphonic form, written for one principal instrument (occasionally for more than one), with accompaniment for a large or small orchestra, and intended to display the ability of a solo performer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) A composition (usually in symphonic form with three movements) in which one instrument (or two or three) stands out in bold relief against the orchestra, or accompaniment, so as to display its qualities or the performer's skill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music A piece of music for one or more solo instruments and orchestra.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a composition for orchestra and a soloist

Etymologies

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

[Italian, concert; see concert.]

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