Definition of cadenza noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈdenzə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈdenzə//
    Pieces of music
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  1. 1 (music, from Italian) a short passage, usually near the end of a piece of classical music, which is played or sung by the soloist alone, and intended to show the performer’s skill See related entries: Pieces of music
  2. 2(South African English) if somebody has a cadenza, they react suddenly and angrily to something, especially in a way that seems unreasonable or humorous
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from Italian, based on Latin cadere ‘to fall’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cadenza