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



BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈmetsəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈmetsoʊ//
(pl. intermezzi
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈmetsiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈmetsiː//
, intermezzos
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈmetsəʊz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈmetsoʊz//
(music, from Italian) Pieces of music
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a short piece of music for the orchestra that is played between two parts in an opera or other musical performance See related entries: Pieces of music Word Originlate 18th cent.: from Italian, from Latin intermedium ‘interval’, neuter of intermedius, from inter- ‘between’ + medius ‘middle’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: intermezzo