From Italian canzonetta, diminutive of canzone.
canzonet (plural canzonets)
- A short song, now especially one which is light and breezy.
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol.1, p.213:
- Besides what I have said of one of their warlike songs, I have another amorous canzonet, which beginneth in this sence […].