intermezzo[in′tər met′sō′, -med′zō′]
- a short, light dramatic, musical, or ballet entertainment between the acts of a play or opera
- a short movement connecting the main parts of a composition
- any of certain short instrumental pieces similar to this
Origin: It from Classical Latin intermedius: see intermediate
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noun pl. in·ter·mez·zos or in·ter·mez·zi
- A brief entertainment between two acts of a play; an entr'acte.
- Music a. A short movement separating the major sections of a lengthy composition or work.b. An independent instrumental composition having the character of such a movement.
Origin: Italian, from Latin intermedius, intermediate; see intermediate.