Definition of intermezzo in English:

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intermezzo

Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈmɛtsəʊ/

noun (plural intermezzi /ˌɪntəˈmɛtsi/ or intermezzos)

1A short connecting instrumental movement in an opera or other musical work.
Example sentences
  • After about 1750 the intermezzo evolved further into opera buffa.
  • The middle movements, intermezzos both, are characterised by mellow string and woodwind playing.
  • It's funny, having known the chorus and the intermezzo well for years, I realised I only properly listened to the whole opera in order to write this blog entry.
1.1A short piece for a solo instrument.
1.2A light dramatic, musical, or other performance inserted between the acts of a play.
Example sentences
  • Later, there was a tradition to have intermedi / intermezzi between the acts of a play (most notably in Florence).

Origin

Late 18th century: from Italian, from Latin intermedium 'interval', neuter of intermedius (see intermediate).

Words that rhyme with intermezzo

mezzo

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: inter|mezzo

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