Definition of cabaletta in English:


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

noun (plural cabalettas or cabalette /-ˈleˌtā/)

  • 1A simple aria with a repetitive rhythm.
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    • 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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