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villanella

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noun vil·la·nel·la \ˌvi-lə-ˈne-lə\

Definition of villanella

plural vil·la·nel·leplay \-ˈne-lē\

  1. 1 :  a 16th century Italian part-song in an intentionally unsophisticated style

  2. 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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