Definition of cornetto in English:


Line breaks: cor|netto
Pronunciation: /kɔːˈnɛtəʊ
(also cornett /ˈkɔːnɪt, kɔːˈnɛt/)

noun (plural cornetti /-ti/ or cornetts)

A woodwind instrument of the 16th and 17th centuries, typically curved, with finger holes and a cup-shaped mouthpiece.
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  • From the 1570s several north Italian composers wrote such pieces, which could be played either by an ensemble (perhaps a viol consort or a group of cornetts and sackbuts) or on a keyboard instrument.
  • The multi-skills of the instrumentalists is a source of wonder and, again, the virtuosity is of a sort that does not seek to dazzle; cornetts and shawms are harder than they sound here.
  • Their concert, entitled Per Cantare e Sonare, consisted of pieces by Monteverdi and his lesser-known contemporaries, the cornetto often standing in for a second voice.


late 19th century: from Italian, diminutive of corno 'horn', from Latin cornu. Compare with cornet1.

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