What does libretto mean?

Definitions for libretto
lɪˈbrɛt oʊ; -ˈbrɛt ili·bret·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. libretto(noun)

    the words of an opera or musical play


  1. libretto(Noun)

    The text of a dramatic musical work, such as an opera.

  2. libretto(Noun)

    A book containing such a text.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Libretto(noun)

    a book containing the words of an opera or extended piece of music

  2. Libretto(noun)

    the words themselves

  3. Origin: [It., dim. of libro book, L. liber. See Libel.]


  1. Libretto

    A libretto is the text used in, or intended for, an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, oratorio, cantata, or musical. The term libretto is also sometimes used to refer to the text of major liturgical works, such as the Mass, requiem, and sacred cantata, or the story line of a ballet. Libretto, from Italian, is the diminutive of the word libro. A libretto is distinct from a synopsis or scenario of the plot, in that the libretto contains all the words and stage directions, while a synopsis summarizes the plot. Some ballet historians also use the word libretto to refer to the 15–40 page books which were on sale to 19th century ballet audiences in Paris and contained a very detailed description of the ballet's story, scene by scene. The relationship of the librettist to the composer in the creation of a musical work has varied over the centuries, as have the sources and the writing techniques employed. In the context of a modern English-language musical theater piece, the libretto is often referred to as the book of the work, though this usage typically excludes sung lyrics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Libretto

    li-bret′ō, n. a book of the words of an opera or other musical composition: the text itself.—n. Librett′ist, a writer of librettos. [It., dim. of libro—L. liber, a book.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of libretto in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of libretto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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