staccato

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Italian staccato(detached, disconnected), past participle of staccare(to detach, separate), aphetic variant of distaccare(to separate, detach) from Middle French destacher(to detach) from Old French destachier(to detach) from des- +‎ atachier(to attach), alteration of estachier(to fasten with or to a stake, lay claim to) from estache(a stake), from Low Frankish *stakka(stake), from Proto-Germanic *stakkaz, *stakkēn(stick, stake), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teg-(stick, stake). Akin to Old High German stecko(post) (German Stecken(stick)), Old Saxon stekko(stake), Old Norse stakkr(hay stack, heap), Old English staca(stake). More at stake.

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Noun[edit]

staccato ‎(plural staccatos or staccati)

  1. (music) An articulation marking directing that a note or passage of notes are to be played in an abruptly disconnected manner, with each note sounding for a very short duration, and a short break lasting until the sounding of the next note; as opposed to legato. Staccato is indicated by a dot directly above or below the notehead.
  2. (music) A passage having this mark.

Adverb[edit]

staccato ‎(comparative more staccato, superlative most staccato)

  1. (music) played in this style
    Now, play the same passage very staccato.

Adjective[edit]

staccato ‎(comparative more staccato, superlative most staccato)

  1. (music) Describing a passage having this mark.
  2. Made up of abruptly disconnected parts or sounds.
    • 1891, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray:
      The same nervous staccato laugh broke from her thin lips, and her fingers began to play with a long tortoise-shell paper-knife.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From staccare(to detach, separate).

Verb[edit]

staccato m ‎(feminine singular staccata, masculine plural staccati, feminine plural staccate)

  1. past participle of staccare
  2. past participle of staccarsi

Adjective[edit]

staccato m ‎(feminine singular staccata, masculine plural staccati, feminine plural staccate)

  1. disjointed, disunited, separate
  2. loose (pages in a book)
  3. (sports) outdistanced

Noun[edit]

staccato m ‎(plural staccati)

  1. staccato

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