intermezzo

See also: Intermezzo and intermezzò

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Italian intermezzo.

PronunciationEdit

Note: Despite being fully assimilated into English phonology by most English speakers, others maintain its Italian pronunciation.

NounEdit

intermezzo (plural intermezzos or intermezzi)

  1. (art) A short piece of music or act in the interval of the main spectacle; a theatrical interlude.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 8:
      She had ample time, too, to change for the next scene, which started with a longish intermezzo staged by a ballet company whose services Scotty had engaged [...].
  2. (food) A palate cleanser; a small snack with a bright light neutral taste; a fruit; a fresh sparkling wine; or a fruity or milky cocktail; that is served between courses in a meal.[1][2][3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Daily Meal, "A Brief History of the Palate Cleanser — and 11 Favorites!", Caroline Lange, 21 June 2013
  2. ^ "Last Call", Brad Thomas Parsons, 2019; →ISBN
  3. ^ "Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding", Joyce Scardina Becker, 2007; →ISBN

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

inter- (between) +‎ mezzo (half) (between halves)

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NounEdit

intermezzo m (plural intermezzi)

  1. intermezzo
  2. interval, break

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VerbEdit

intermezzo

  1. first-person singular present indicative of intermezzare