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Meaning of “staccato” in the English Dictionary

"staccato" in British English

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staccatoadjective, adverb

uk   /stəˈkɑː.təʊ/  us   /-t̬oʊ/
used to ​describemusicalnotes that are ​short and ​separate when ​played, or this way of ​playingmusic: The ​musicsuddenlychanged from a ​smoothmelody to a staccato ​rhythm. She ​played the ​wholepiece staccato to ​improve her ​technique. used to ​describe a ​noise or way of ​speaking that consists of a ​series of ​short and ​separatesounds: She gave staccato ​replies to every ​question.
(Definition of staccato from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"staccato" in American English

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staccatoadjective, adverb

 us   /stəˈkɑt̬·oʊ/
(of ​music) ​played as ​short, ​separatenotes If a ​noise is ​described as staccato, it consists of a ​series of ​short, ​quicksounds: The ​sudden staccato ​burst of ​fireworksstartled us.
(Definition of staccato from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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