villanella

noun vil·la·nel·la \ ˌvi-lə-ˈne-lə \

Definition of villanella

plural villanelle play \ˌvi-lə-ˈne-lē\
1 : a 16th century Italian part-song in an intentionally unsophisticated style
2 : an instrumental piece in the style of a rustic dance

Origin and Etymology of villanella

Italian, from villano villein, peasant, from Medieval Latin villanus


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