noun, plural ri·tor·nel·los, ri·tor·nel·li [rit-er-nel-ee; Italian ree-tawr-nel-lee] /ˌrɪt ərˈnɛl i; Italian ˌri tɔrˈnɛl li/. Music.
Origin of ritornello
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The same may be said about the Stornello, Ritornello and Ciure.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
She sang a couplet and the others sang in chorus a ritornello.Critical Studies|Ouida
What it probably did was to repeat as a sort of ritornello the clearly marked refrain of the song.Some Forerunners of Italian Opera|William James Henderson
The ritornello is first given, which is long, because it serves as an introduction to the first scene of the opera.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)|Otto Jahn