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villanella

[vil-uh-nel-uh; Italian veel-lah-nel-lah]
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noun, plural vil·la·nel·le [vil-uh-nel-ee; Italian veel-lah-nel-le] /ˌvɪl əˈnɛl i; Italian ˌvil lɑˈnɛl lɛ/.
  1. a rustic Italian part song without accompaniment.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for villanella

villanella

noun plural -las
  1. a type of part song originating in Naples during the 16th century
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Word Origin

C16: from Italian, from villano rustic, from Late Latin vīllānus; see villain
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