plural -s
: a short Spanish scenic intermezzo of the 18th century written for a few soloists for performance between the acts of a serious play and in the 19th century becoming a short comic opera with soloists, a chorus, and occasionally instrumental movements

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Spanish, diminutive of tonada

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“Tonadilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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