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ritornello

[ rit-er-nel-oh; Italian ree-tawr-nel-law ]
/ 藢r瑟t 蓹r藞n蓻l o蕣; Italian 藢ri t蓴r藞n蓻l l蓴 /
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noun, plural ri路tor路nel路los, ri路tor路nel路li [rit-er-nel-ee; Italian ree-tawr-nel-lee]. /藢r瑟t 蓹r藞n蓻l i; Italian 藢ri t蓴r藞n蓻l li/. Music.
an orchestral interlude between arias, scenes, or acts in 17th-century opera.
a tutti section in a concerto grosso, aria, etc.
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Origin of ritornello

1665鈥75; <Italian, diminutive of ritornoreturn
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British Dictionary definitions for ritornello

ritornello
/ (藢r瑟t蓹藞n蓻l蓹蕣) /

noun plural -los or -li (-li藧) music
an orchestral passage between verses of an aria or song
a ripieno passage in a concerto grosso

Word Origin for ritornello

C17: from Italian, literally: a little return, from ritorno a return
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