Definition of ritornello
plural ri·tor·nel·liplay \-ˈne-(ˌ)lē\ or ri·tor·nellos
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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