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.
Example sentences
  • 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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