ritornello

[ rit-er-nel-oh; Italian ree-tawr-nel-law ]
/ ˌrɪt ərˈnɛl oʊ; Italian ˌri tɔrˈnɛl lɔ /
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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.

an orchestral interlude between arias, scenes, or acts in 17th-century opera.
a tutti section in a concerto grosso, aria, etc.

Nearby words

  1. rite of intensification,
  2. rite of passage,
  3. rite of spring, the,
  4. ritenuto,
  5. rites of passage,
  6. ritschlian,
  7. ritter,
  8. ritter's disease,
  9. ritter, tex,
  10. ritual

Origin of ritornello

1665–75; < Italian, diminutive of ritorno return

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British Dictionary definitions for ritornello

ritornello

/ (ˌrɪtəˈnɛləʊ) /

noun plural -los or -li (-liː) 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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