[rit-er-nel-oh; Italian ree-tawr-nel-law]
noun, plural ritornellos, ritornelli [rit-er-nel-ee; Italian ree-tawr-nel-lee] . Music.
an orchestral interlude between arias, scenes, or acts in 17th-century opera.
a tutti section in a concerto grosso, aria, etc.

1665–75; < Italian, diminutive of ritorno return

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ritornello (ˌrɪtəˈnɛləʊ)
n , pl -los, -li
1.  an orchestral passage between verses of an aria or song
2.  a ripieno passage in a concerto grosso
[C17: from Italian, literally: a little return, from ritorno a return]

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