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 (pē′ə-nĭs′ə-mō′) Music
adv. & adj. Abbr. pp
In a very soft or quiet tone. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. pi·a·nis·si·mos
A part of a composition played very softly or quietly.

[Italian, superlative of piano, soft; see piano2.]


adj, adv
(Classical Music) music (to be performed) very quietly. Symbol: pp
[C18: from Italian, superlative of piano soft]


(ˌpi əˈnɪs əˌmoʊ, pyɑ-)

adj., adv., n., pl. -mos. Music. adj.
1. very soft.
2. very softly.
3. a passage or movement played in this way.
[1715–25; < Italian, superlative of piano piano2]


very softly
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pianissimo - (music) low loudness
softness - a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency; "and in softness almost beyond hearing"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
Adj.1.pianissimo - chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
piano, soft - used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition"
Adv.1.pianissimo - a direction in musicpianissimo - a direction in music; to be played very softly
fortissimo, very loudly - a direction in music; to be played very loudly


advpianissimo, sehr leise; to play pianissimopianissimo spielen
adjpianissimo inv, → sehr leise; the pianissimo sectiondas Pianissimo
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