• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ripieno (Mus) Filling up; supplementary; supernumerary; -- a term applied to those instruments which only swell the mass or tutti of an orchestra, but are not obbligato.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ripieno In music, supplementary. Specifically, noting an instrument or a performer who assists in tutti passages, merely doubling or reinforcing the part of the leading performers.
    • n ripieno Pl. ripieni (-nē). Such an instrument or performer. In an orchestra, all the first violins, except the leader or concert-master, are ripieni. Opposed to principal or solo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ripieno ri-pyā′nō (mus.) supplementary
    • n Ripieno a supplementary instrument or performer:—pl. Ripie′ni
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary