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Rite
rite of passage
ritenuto
Rithmah
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ritonavir
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Ritornello definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RITORNEL'LO, n.
In music, a repeat; the burden of a song, or the repetition of a verse or strain.

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural ritornelli or -nellos) Etymology: Italian, diminutive of ritorno return, from ritornare to return, from ri- re- + tornare to turn, from Latin, to turn on a lathe more at turn Date: 1675 1. a. a short recurrent instrumental passage in a vocal composition b. an instrumental interlude in early opera 2. a tutti passage in a concerto or rondo refrain

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. Mus. (pl. -os or ritornelli) a short instrumental refrain, interlude, etc., in a vocal work. Etymology: It., dimin. of ritorno RETURN

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ritornelle Rit`or*nelle", Ritornello Ri`tor*nel"lo, n. [It. ritornello, dim. of ritorno return, fr. ritornare to return: cf. F. ritournelle.] (Mus.) (a) A short return or repetition; a concluding symphony to an air, often consisting of the burden of the song. (a) A short intermediate symphony, or instrumental passage, in the course of a vocal piece; an interlude.




 


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