Definition of cornetto in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɔːˈnɛtəʊ/
(also cornett /ˈkɔːnɪt/ /kɔːˈnɛt/)

noun (plural cornetti /kɔːˈnɛti/ or cornetts)

A woodwind instrument of the 16th and 17th centuries, typically curved, with finger holes and a cup-shaped mouthpiece.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with cornetto

allegretto, amaretto, amoretto, Canaletto, falsetto, ghetto, larghetto, libretto, Loreto, Orvieto, ristretto, Soweto, stiletto, Tintoretto, vaporetto, zucchetto

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