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



BrE BrE//səˈnɑːtə//
; NAmE NAmE//səˈnɑːtə//
Pieces of music
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a piece of music for one instrument or for one instrument and a piano, usually divided into three or four parts Beethoven’s piano sonatas a violin sonata See related entries: Pieces of music Word Originlate 17th cent.: Italian, literally ‘sounded’ (originally as distinct from ‘sung’), feminine past participle of sonare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sonata