in·​ter·​mez·​zo | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmet-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce intermezzo (audio) , -ˈmed-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce intermezzo (audio) \
plural intermezzi\ ˌin-​tər-​ˈmet-​(ˌ)sē How to pronounce intermezzo (audio) , -​ˈmed-​(ˌ)zē \ or intermezzos

Definition of intermezzo

1 : a short light entr'acte
2a : a movement coming between the major sections of an extended musical work (such as an opera)
b : a short independent instrumental composition
3 : a usually brief interlude or diversion

Examples of intermezzo in a Sentence

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First Known Use of intermezzo

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intermezzo

Italian, ultimately from Latin intermedius intermediate

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English Language Learners Definition of intermezzo

: a short part of a musical work (such as an opera) that connects major sections of the work

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