• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cavatina (Mus) Originally, a melody of simpler form than the aria; a song without a second part and a da capo; -- a term now variously and vaguely used.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cavatina In music, a melody of simpler character than the aria, and without a second part and a da capo or return part. The term is occasionally applied, however, to airs of any kind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cavatina kav-at-ē′na a short form of operatic air, of a smooth and melodious character, differing from the ordinary aria in consisting only of one part, and frequently appearing as part of a grand scena.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Massimilla, much distressed, ascribed this tear, in her guilelessness, to the remark she had made as to Genovese's cavatina.
"Massimilla Doni" by Honore de Balzac
Lucie attacked her cavatina in G major bravely.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
There would be a superb entrance for him upon his return from the army, 'cavatina guerriera con cori'.
"Gerfaut, Complete" by Charles de Bernard
Pigeonwing, and could sing cavatinas and galop galops with the best of them.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 7, May 14, 1870" by Various
Beklemmt, cavatina B quartet, 194.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
The whole of the grand fourth act, with the exception of one cavatina, was composed in three hours.
"Great Italian and French Composers" by George T. Ferris
A drama was to be produced in which a very difficult cavatina was introduced.
"Great Singers, Second Series" by George T. Ferris
He had a great deal of talent, wrote charming cavatinas, and his songs were much sought after.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
While I sang Italian cavatinas, Landor remained away from the piano, pleased, but not satisfied.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
My cousin Melanie was playing that cavatina even now, though now I did not care to stop and listen to it.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai

In poetry:

'Come forth!' my catbird calls to me,
'And hear me sing a cavatina
That, in this old familiar tree,
Shall hang a garden of Alcina.
"The Nightingale In The Study" by James Russell Lowell