Definition of pianissimo in English:

pianissimo

adjective & adverb

Music
  • (especially as a direction) very soft or softly.

noun

Music
  • A passage performed or marked to be performed very softly.

    • ‘The surging waves of orchestral sound, radiant pianissimos and brilliant flashes of color were awesome!’
    • ‘Today's pianists must work with plastic, wood, felt,, copper, iron and steel to make all kinds of sounds ranging from delicate pianissimos to robust fortissimos.’
    • ‘Few pianists produce such gorgeous pianissimos!’
    • ‘She makes great use of pianissimi and the way she controls the legato gives her performances a subtlety not often heard.’
    • ‘And as performance dates drew close rehearsals became almost terrifying in their propulsive, impelling commitment - pianissimos were scaled to a whisper and fortes forceful and triumphant.’

Origin

Italian, superlative of piano (see piano).

Pronunciation:

pianissimo

/ˌpɪəˈnɪsɪməʊ/