villanella

noun
vil·​la·​nel·​la | \ ˌvi-lə-ˈne-lə How to pronounce villanella (audio) \
plural villanelle\ ˌvi-​lə-​ˈne-​lē How to pronounce villanelle (audio) \

Definition of villanella

1 : a 16th century Italian part-song in an intentionally unsophisticated style
2 : an instrumental piece in the style of a rustic dance

First Known Use of villanella

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for villanella

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

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“Villanella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/villanella. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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