Definition of ponticello in English:

ponticello

noun

  • 1The bridge of a stringed instrument.

  • 2A style of playing the violin, cello, etc., in which the bow is played close to the bridge; an example of this.

adverb

  • As a musical direction: with the bowing close to the bridge.

adjective

  • Designating the sound produced by bowing close to the bridge.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in James Grassineau (c1715–1769). From Italian ponticello bridge of a stringed instrument, little bridge from post-classical Latin ponticellus little bridge, alteration (after classical Latin -ellus) of classical Latin ponticulus little bridge (from ponti-, alternative stem of pōns bridge + -culus).

Pronunciation

ponticello

/ˌpɒntɪˈtʃɛləʊ/