noun, plural scher·zos, scher·zi [skert-see] /ˈskɛrt si/. Music.
Origin of scherzo
Examples from the Web for scherzo
Scherzo means joke, and the scherzo was originally a light, genial composition not to be taken seriously.How Music Developed|W. J. Henderson
The next year appeared his first works,—three sonatas, a trio and scherzo for piano, and three books of songs.The Standard Cantatas|George P. Upton
The Scherzo is clever and effective, and the Allegretto cantabile, though the last, is scarcely the best of the four movements.The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
At the beginning of the Scherzo (where the wood-wind enters) there is a modulation to B major through the dominant chord on F.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
The trio, with its delicious strain, pleases us more than the scherzo (a strain that might be made much more of).Beethoven's Symphonies Critically Discussed|Alexander Teetgen
British Dictionary definitions for scherzo
noun plural -zos or -zi (-tsiː)
Word Origin for scherzo
Word Origin and History for scherzo
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.