[ in-ter-met-soh, -med-zoh ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmɛt soʊ, -ˈmɛd zoʊ /

noun, plural in·ter·mez·zos, in·ter·mez·zi [in-ter-met-see, -med-zee] /ˌɪn tərˈmɛt si, -ˈmɛd zi/,

a short dramatic, musical, or other entertainment of light character, introduced between the acts of a drama or opera.
a short musical composition between main divisions of an extended musical work.
a short, independent musical composition.

Nearby words

  1. interment,
  2. intermesh,
  3. intermetacarpal joint,
  4. intermetallic compound,
  5. intermetatarsal joint,
  6. intermigration,
  7. interminable,
  8. intermingle,
  9. intermission,
  10. intermissive

Origin of intermezzo

1805–15; < Italian < Late Latin intermedium; see intermediary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intermezzi


/ (ˌɪntəˈmɛtsəʊ) /

noun plural -zos or -zi (-tsiː)

a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between the acts or scenes of an opera, drama, etc
an instrumental piece either inserted between two longer movements in an extended composition or intended for independent performance
another name for interlude (def. 3)

Word Origin for intermezzo

C19: from Italian, from Late Latin intermedium interval; see intermediate

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Word Origin and History for intermezzi



1834, from Italian intermezzo "short dramatic performance between the acts of a play or opera," literally "that which is between," from Latin intermedius (see intermediate).

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