Pianissimo



[pee-uh-nis-uh-moh; Italian pyah-nees-see-maw] /ˌpi əˈnɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian pyɑˈnis siˌmɔ/ Music.

adjective
1.
very soft.
adverb
2.
very softly.
noun, plural pianissimos.
3.
a passage or movement played in this way.
/pɪəˈnɪsɪˌməʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(music) (to be performed) very quietly pp
adv.

1724, from Italian pianissimo “very softly,” from Latin pianissimus, superlative of pianus (see piano).
pianissimo [(pee-uh-nis-uh-moh)]

A musical direction meaning “to be performed very softly”; the opposite of fortissimo.

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