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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Italian, 1715


Consisting of a series of sounds that are each sharply separated from the others.


A series of short, sharply separated sounds or words.

Examples of Staccato in a sentence

"It was hard to work with the staccato of the nail gun in the background."

"Kim’s heels made a sharp staccato against the tile as she hurried down the hallway."

About Staccato

This word evolved from Italian, where it translates to “disconnected.”

Did you Know?

Staccato also exists in the world of music. Staccato notes have spaces between them for silence, which creates the sharply separated sounds the music is known for. Its opposite is legato, notes that are connected and played with no silence or pauses between them.

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