Definition of camerata in English:

camerata

noun

  • 1Each of the groups into which the students of theological colleges in Rome are divided for accommodation and social activities.

  • 2A group of musicians, composers, and intellectuals under the patronage of Count Giovanni de' Bardi (1534–1612) in late 16th-cent. Florence. Also: a similar Florentine group under the patronage of composer Jacopo Corsi (1561–1602).

  • 3A small group of musicians or singers who perform together, typically specializing in chamber music. Chiefly in the names of such groups.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Keyssler's Travels. From Italian camerata group of people living together harmoniously or pursuing a common artistic or intellectual interest, late 16th-cent. Florentine group of musicians, composers, and intellectuals under the patronage of Count Giovanni de'Bardi, group of room-mates, small group of musicians or singers who perform together (1936 or earlier; usually with capital initial; frequently in the names of such groups, e.g. Camerata Milanese del Madrigale, Camerata di Cremona) from camera room, chamber + -ata, probably after Spanish camarada comrade in its collective sense ‘group of room-mates’.

Pronunciation

camerata

/ˌkaməˈrɑːtə/