Ritornello Definition

rētôr-nĕllō
ritornello, ritornellos
noun
An instrumental interlude recurring after each stanza in a vocal work.
American Heritage
An instrumental interlude before or after an aria, scene, etc. in early, esp. 17th-cent., operas.
Webster's New World
A tutti section recurring in a concerto grosso or rondo.
Webster's New World
The refrain of a rondo.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Ritornello

Noun

Singular:
ritornello
Plural:
ritornellos

Origin of Ritornello

  • Italian diminutive of ritorno return from ritornare to return from Vulgar Latin retornāre return

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Italian ritornello, diminutive of ritorno return, from ritornare to return: compare French ritournelle.

    From Wiktionary

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