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combining form

: intermediate and


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

Word History


Combining form

Latin intermedius

First Known Use


1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intermedio- was in 1789

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