Meaning of sinfonietta

sin•fo•niet•ta

Pronunciation: (sin"fun-yet'u, -fōn-), [key]
— n.
  1. a short symphony.
  2. a small symphony orchestra, often composed solely of stringed instruments.
  3. a symphony for fewer than the usual number of instruments.
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