intermezzo


in·ter·mez·zo

noun \ˌin-tər-ˈmet-(ˌ)sō, -ˈmed-(ˌ)zō\

: a short part of a musical work (such as an opera) that connects major sections of the work

plural in·ter·mez·zi\-(ˌ)sē, -(ˌ)zē\ or in·ter·mez·zos

Full Definition of INTERMEZZO

1
:  a short light entr'acte
2
a :  a movement coming between the major sections of an extended musical work (as an opera)
b :  a short independent instrumental composition
3
:  a usually brief interlude or diversion

Origin of INTERMEZZO

Italian, ultimately from Latin intermedius intermediate
First Known Use: 1771

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