how to pronounce staccato


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the above transcription of staccato is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

staccato is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of staccato in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… friends and family and in staccato which …”

meanings of staccato


  1. A passage having this mark.
  2. An articulation marking directing that a note or passage of notes are to be played in an abruptly disconnected manner, with each note sounding for a very short duration, and a short break lasting until the sounding of the next note; as opposed to legato. Staccato is indicated by a dot directly above or below the notehead.
  3. Any sound resembling a musical staccato.


  1. Describing a passage having this mark.
  2. Made up of abruptly disconnected parts or sounds.


  1. Played in this style.

staccato frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word staccato occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics staccato can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that staccato can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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