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ritornello

noun ri·tor·nel·lo \ˌri-tər-ˈne-(ˌ)lō, ˌri-ˌtr-\
plural ri·tor·nel·li\-ˈne-(ˌ)lē\ or ri·tor·nellos

Definition of RITORNELLO

1
a :  a short recurrent instrumental passage in a vocal composition
b :  an instrumental interlude in early opera
2
:  a tutti passage in a concerto or rondo refrain

Origin of RITORNELLO

Italian, diminutive of ritorno return, from ritornare to return, from ri- re- + tornare to turn, from Latin, to turn on a lathe — more at turn
First Known Use: 1675

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