Dictionary.com

cadenza

[ kuh-den-zuh ]
/ kəˈdɛn zə /
Save This Word!

noun Music.

an elaborate flourish or showy solo passage, sometimes improvised, introduced near the end of an aria or a movement of a concerto.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THE 12 TYPES OF VERB TENSES!

Loosen up your grammar muscles because it’s time to test your knowledge on verb tenses!
Question 1 of 6
The verb tenses can be split into which 3 primary categories?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of cadenza

1745–55; <Italian <Vulgar Latin *cadentia a falling, equivalent to Latin cad(ere) to fall + -entia-ency; cf. chance
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use cadenza in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cadenza

cadenza
/ (kəˈdɛnzə) /

noun

a virtuoso solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music, formerly improvised by the soloist but now usually specially composed
Southern African informal a fit or convulsion

Word Origin for cadenza

C19: from Italian; see cadence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK