intermezzi

intermezzo

[in-ter-met-soh, -med-zoh]
noun, plural intermezzos, intermezzi [in-ter-met-see, -med-zee] .
1.
a short dramatic, musical, or other entertainment of light character, introduced between the acts of a drama or opera.
2.
a short musical composition between main divisions of an extended musical work.
3.
a short, independent musical composition.

Origin:
1805–15; < Italian < Late Latin intermedium; see intermediary

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intermezzo (ˌɪntəˈmɛtsəʊ)
 
n , pl -zos, -zi
1.  a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between the acts or scenes of an opera, drama, etc
2.  an instrumental piece either inserted between two longer movements in an extended composition or intended for independent performance
3.  another name for interlude
 
[C19: from Italian, from Late Latin intermedium interval; see intermediate]

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intermezzo
1834, from It. intermezzo, from L. intermedius (see intermediate).
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