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[skert-soh] /ˈskɛrt soʊ/
noun, plural scherzos, scherzi
[skert-see] /ˈskɛrt si/ (Show IPA).
a movement or passage of light or playful character, especially as the second or third movement of a sonata or a symphony.
Origin of scherzo
1850-55; < Italian: joke, derivative of scherzare to joke, of Langobardic orig. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -zos, -zi (-tsiː)
a brisk lively movement, developed from the minuet, with a contrastive middle section (a trio) See minuet (sense 2)
Word Origin
Italian: joke, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German scherzen to jest
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Word Origin and History for scherzo

1852, from Italian scherzo, literally "sport, joke," from scherzare "to jest or joke," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German scherzen "to jump merrily, enjoy oneself," German scherz "sport"), from PIE *(s)ker- (2) "leap, jump about." The lively second or third movement in a multi-movement work. Scherzando is the Italian gerund of scherzare.

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