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cabaletta Syllabification: ca·ba·let·ta
Pronunciation: /ˌkabəˈletə/ /ˌkäbə-/

Definition of cabaletta in English:

noun (plural cabalettas or cabalette-ˈleˌtā)

1A simple aria with a repetitive rhythm.
Example sentences
  • The plan of cantabiles, cabalettas, multi-movement duets, and finales that served Bellini, Donizetti, and the young Verdi had been defined by him.
  • The only questionable tempo is the slow one that he chooses for the cabaletta of the opera's Act Two aria.
  • The duet for soprano and mezzo and its glittering cabaletta are distinguished by daring harmonics and challenging pyrotechnics.
1.1The uniformly quick final section of an aria.


Mid 19th century: from Italian, variant ofcoboletta 'short stanza', diminutive of cobola, from Old Provençal cobla, from Latin copula 'connection'.

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