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[vil-uh-nel-uh; Italian veel-lah-nel-lah] /ˌvɪl əˈnɛl ə; Italian ˌvil lɑˈnɛl lɑ/
noun, plural villanelle
[vil-uh-nel-ee; Italian veel-lah-nel-le] /ˌvɪl əˈnɛl i; Italian ˌvil lɑˈnɛl lɛ/ (Show IPA)
a rustic Italian part song without accompaniment.
Origin of villanella
1590-1600; < Italian, feminine of villanello rural, rustic, equivalent to villan(o) peasant, boor (see villain) + -ello -ish Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for villanella


noun (pl) -las
a type of part song originating in Naples during the 16th century
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, from villano rustic, from Late Latin vīllānus; see villain
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