tut·ti (ttē) Music
adv. & adj.
All. Used chiefly as a direction to indicate that all performers are to take part.
n. pl. tut·tis
1. An ensemble of musicians, in contrast to a soloist or group of soloists, in a concerto.
2. A passage of ensemble music intended to be executed by all the performers simultaneously.
[Italian, pl. of tutto, all, from Vulgar Latin *tōttus, variant of Latin tōtus; see teutā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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