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scherzo

play
noun, scher·zo \ˈskert-(ˌ)sō\

Simple Definition of scherzo

  • : a lively, humorous piece of music that is played quickly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scherzo

plural scherzos or scherzi play \-(ˌ)sē\

  1. :  a sprightly humorous instrumental musical composition or movement commonly in quick triple time

Origin of scherzo

Italian, literally, joke, from scherzare


First Known Use: 1852


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