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Definition of intermedio-

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: intermediate and intermediolateral


in·​ter·​me·​dio | \ ˌin-tər-ˈme-dē-ō How to pronounce intermedio (audio) , -ˈmā- \
plural intermedi\ ˌin-​tər-​ˈme-​dē How to pronounce intermedio (audio) , -​ˈmā-​ \ or intermedii\ ˌin-​tər-​ˈme-​dē-​ē How to pronounce intermedio (audio) , -​ˈmā-​ \

Definition of intermedio (Entry 2 of 2)

: a musical work performed between the acts of a play or opera in Italy from the late 15th century through the 17th century including instrumental music and sometimes singing and dancing The 1589 intermedii had already included a representation of Mount Helicon, complete with Pegasus on top (second intermedio) and a seascape with Tritons and other sea creatures (fifth intermedio). — Massimo Ossi, in Opera in Context, 1998

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1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intermedio-

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Latin intermedius

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“Intermedio-.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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