Definition of recitativo secco in US English:

recitativo secco

noun

Music
  • Recitative usually accompanied by a keyboard or other continuo instrument instead of by an orchestra; an instance of this.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Macculloch (1773–1835), surgeon and geologist. From Italian recitativo secco, lit. ‘dry recitative’ from recitativo + secco.

Pronunciation

recitativo secco

/rɛtʃɪtəˌtivəʊ ˈsɛkəʊ/