What does the word sonata mean?

Usage examples for sonata

  1. The whole of the twelfth sonata of the second opera of Corelli is a Chacone." – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  2. With the more complex, classical types of the musical organism Chopin had little sympathy, but he contrived nevertheless to write two movements of a piano sonata that are excellent- the first half of the B flat minor Sonata. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  3. After a song or so and the execution of a Beethoven sonata, to which no one paid any attention, a young lady gave a dance after the manner of Maud Allan, to which everyone attended. – Red Money by Fergus Hume