- an old rustic Italian song and accompanying dance
- a Neapolitan 16th-cent. part song, lighter and more lively than the madrigal, which it often parodied
Origin of villanellaIt, feminine diminutive of villano from Vulgar Latin villanus: see villain
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Italian, a pretty country girl.