scherzo

[ skert-soh ]
/ ˈskɛrt soʊ /
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noun, plural scher·zos, scher·zi [skert-see] /ˈskɛrt si/. Music.

a movement or passage of light or playful character, especially as the second or third movement of a sonata or a symphony.

Nearby words

  1. schepisi,
  2. scherbo,
  3. schererville,
  4. scherm,
  5. scherzando,
  6. scheuermann's disease,
  7. scheveningen,
  8. schiaparelli,
  9. schiaparelli, elsa,
  10. schiaparelli, giovanni virginio

Origin of scherzo

1850–55; < Italian: joke, derivative of scherzare to joke, of Langobardic orig.

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British Dictionary definitions for scherzo

scherzo

/ (ˈskɛətsəʊ) /

noun plural -zos or -zi (-tsiː)

a brisk lively movement, developed from the minuet, with a contrastive middle section (a trio)See minuet (def. 2)

Word Origin for scherzo

Italian: joke, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German scherzen to jest

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Word Origin and History for scherzo

scherzo

n.

1852, from Italian scherzo, literally "sport, joke," from scherzare "to jest or joke," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German scherzen "to jump merrily, enjoy oneself," German scherz "sport"), from PIE *(s)ker- (2) "leap, jump about." The lively second or third movement in a multi-movement work. Scherzando is the Italian gerund of scherzare.

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