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noun scher·zo \ˈskert-(ˌ)sō\

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

plural scherzos or scher·zi \-(ˌ)sē\

Full Definition of SCHERZO

:  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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