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intermezzo

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noun in·ter·mez·zo \ˌin-tər-ˈmet-(ˌ)sō, -ˈmed-(ˌ)zō\

Simple Definition of intermezzo

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

Full Definition of intermezzo

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

  1. 1 :  a short light entr'acte

  2. 2 a :  a movement coming between the major sections of an extended musical work (as an opera) b :  a short independent instrumental composition

  3. 3 :  a usually brief interlude or diversion

Origin of intermezzo

Italian, ultimately from Latin intermedius intermediate


First Known Use: 1771


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