- 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.
Origin of intermezzo
1805–15; < Italian < Late Latin intermedium; see intermediary
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Examples from the Web for intermezzo
On the Third Intermezzo she was at her best, and a good best it was.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The "Melody and Intermezzo" of opus 20 makes a sprightly humoresque.Contemporary American Composers
She said: "I'll tell you what to Play; play the Intermezzo."Fables in Slang
Even the hand-organ could not rob the intermezzo of its charm for the public!The Complete Opera Book
It is not a trick, and the intermezzo of the preceding pages has its importance.My Austrian Love
- 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)
C19: from Italian, from Late Latin intermedium interval; see intermediate
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Word Origin and History for intermezzo
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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