Definition of libretto noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//lɪˈbretəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈbretoʊ//
(pl. librettos, libretti
BrE BrE//lɪˈbretiː//
; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈbretiː//
(music, from Italian) Describing music, Reading music
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the words that are sung or spoken in an opera or a musical play The collection contains hundreds of Italian opera librettos. Wordfinderaria, chorus, coloratura, diva, libretto, opera, orchestra pit, recitative, score, surtitles See related entries: Describing music, Reading music Word Originmid 18th cent.: from Italian, diminutive of libro ‘book’, from Latin liber.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: libretto