scherzo

[skert-soh]
noun, plural scherzos, scherzi [skert-see] . Music.
a movement or passage of light or playful character, especially as the second or third movement of a sonata or a symphony.

Origin:
1850–55; < Italian: joke, derivative of scherzare to joke, of Langobardic orig.

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scherzo (ˈskɛətsəʊ)
 
n , pl -zos, -zi
See minuet a brisk lively movement, developed from the minuet, with a contrastive middle section (a trio)
 
[Italian: joke, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German scherzen to jest]

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scherzo
1852, from It. scherzo, lit. "sport, joke," from scherzare "to jest or joke," from a Gmc. source (cf. M.H.G. scherzen "to jump merrily, enjoy oneself," Ger. scherz "sport"). The lively second or third movement in a symphony or sonata.
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Example sentences for scherzi
Used for waltzes, minuets, scherzi, and country & western ballads.
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