[vil-uh-nel-uh; Italian veel-lah-nel-lah]
- a rustic Italian part song without accompaniment.
Origin of villanella
1590–1600; < Italian, feminine of villanello rural, rustic, equivalent to villan(o) peasant, boor (see villain) + -ello -ish
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- a type of part song originating in Naples during the 16th century
C16: from Italian, from villano rustic, from Late Latin vīllānus; see villain