An Italian variant of coboletta, diminutive of cobola (“stanza, couplet”), from Old Provençal cobla, from Latin copula.
cabaletta (plural cabalettas) A short, rhythmically repetitive aria. 1980, to bring the proceedings to an end and enable him to perform his salvatory mission, he swung into a cabaletta which summed up the argument against Arius — Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
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