scherzo

play
noun scher·zo \ˈskert-(ˌ)sō\

Definition of scherzo

plural

scherzos

or

scherzi

play \-(ˌ)sē\
  1. :  a sprightly humorous instrumental musical composition or movement commonly in quick triple time

Origin and Etymology of scherzo

Italian, literally, joke, from scherzare


First Known Use: 1852


SCHERZO Defined for English Language Learners

scherzo

play
noun

Definition of scherzo for English Language Learners

  • : a lively, humorous piece of music that is played quickly


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