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villanella

noun vil·la·nel·la \ˌvi-lə-ˈne-lə\
plural vil·la·nel·le\-ˈne-lē\

Definition of VILLANELLA

1
:  a 16th century Italian part-song in an intentionally unsophisticated style
2
:  an instrumental piece in the style of a rustic dance

Origin of VILLANELLA

Italian, from villano villein, peasant, from Medieval Latin villanus
First Known Use: 1596

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