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

  • noun A sonata having shorter movements and often less technically demanding than the typical sonata.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In music, a short or simplified sonata.

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

  • noun (Mus.) A short and simple sonata.

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  • noun A musical composition resembling a sonata but shorter or simpler.

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  • noun a short and simple sonata


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

[Italian, diminutive of sonata, sonata; see sonata.]

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sonata +‎ -ina


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