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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 so·na·ta /səˈnɑtə/
 奏鳴曲

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 So·na·ta n.  Mus. An extended composition for one or two instruments, consisting usually of three or four movements; as, Beethoven's sonatas for the piano, for the violin and piano, etc.
 Note:The same general structure prevails in symphonies, instrumental trios, quartets, etc., and even in classical concertos. The sonata form, distinctively, characterizes the quick opening movement, which may have a short, slow introduction; the second, or slow, movement is either in the song or variation form; third comes the playful minuet or the more modern scherzo; then the quick finale in the rondo form. But both form and order are sometimes exceptional.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 sonata
      n : a musical composition of 3 or 4 movements of contrasting
          forms