from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small flute pitched an octave above a regular flute.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a musical instrument considerably smaller than the usual size: a piccolo trumpet; a piccolo concertina.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instrument similar to a flute, but smaller, and playing an octave higher.
  • n. A waiter's assistant in a hotel or restaurant.
  • n. A bottle of champagne containing 0.1875 liters of fluid, 1/4 the volume of a standard bottle; a quarter bottle or snipe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small, shrill flute, the pitch of which is an octave higher than the ordinary flute; an octave flute.
  • n. A small upright piano.
  • n. An organ stop, with a high, piercing tone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small flute, sounding an octave higher than the ordinary flute. Also called flauto piccolo, octave-flute, ottavino, and ottavius.
  • n. An organ-stop giving tones like those of a piccolo.
  • n. The small or treble bugle, usually pitched in E flat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small flute; pitched an octave above the standard flute


French, from Italian, short for (flauto) piccolo, small (flute).
Italian, small.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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