intermezzo

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noun in·ter·mez·zo \ˌin-tər-ˈmet-(ˌ)sō, -ˈmed-(ˌ)zō\

Definition of intermezzo

plural

intermezzi

play \ˌin-tər-ˈmet-(ˌ)sē, -ˈmed-(ˌ)zē\ or

intermezzos

  1. 1 :  a short light entr'acte

  2. 2a :  a movement coming between the major sections of an extended musical work (such as an opera)b :  a short independent instrumental composition

  3. 3 :  a usually brief interlude or diversion

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Origin and Etymology of intermezzo

Italian, ultimately from Latin intermedius intermediate


INTERMEZZO Defined for English Language Learners

intermezzo

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noun

Definition of intermezzo for English Language Learners

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


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