Definition of staccato adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    adjective, adverb
    BrE BrE//stəˈkɑːtəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//stəˈkɑːtoʊ//
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  1. 1 (music, from Italian) with each note played separately in order to produce short, sharp sounds staccato sounds The notes are played staccato. opposite legato
  2. 2with short, sharp sounds or movements a peculiar staccato voice staccato bursts of gunfire
  3. Word OriginItalian, literally ‘detached’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: staccato