Definition of piccolo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪkələʊ

noun (plural piccolos)

  • A small flute sounding an octave higher than the ordinary one.
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    • This flute has its own piccolo, usually in E, an alto, and a tenor in B, a tone below the concert flute.
    • The original used a battery of flutes and piccolos.
    • In its original version for flutes and piccolos, the work is one of his most beguiling.


mid 19th century: from Italian, 'small (flute)'.

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