scherzo

play
noun scher·zo \ ˈskert-(ˌ)sō \

Definition of scherzo

plural scherzos or scherzi play \ˈskert-(ˌ)sē\
:a sprightly humorous instrumental musical composition or movement commonly in quick triple time

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Origin and Etymology of scherzo

Italian, literally, joke, from scherzare


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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