cadenza

[ kuh-den-zuh ]
/ kəˈdɛn zə /

noun Music.

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

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Origin of cadenza

1745–55; <Italian <Vulgar Latin *cadentia a falling, equivalent to Latin cad(ere) to fall + -entia-ency; cf. chance
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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
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