villanelle definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from Italian villanella: see villanella
villanelle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, from Italian villanella, from feminine of villanello, rustic, from villano, peasant, from Vulgar Latin *vīllānus, from Latin vīlla, country house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots.
Variant of villanella
- 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: Italian feminine diminutive of villano ; from Vulgar Latin villanus: see villain