in·ter·mez·zo (ĭn′tər-mĕtsō, -mĕdzō)
n. pl. in·ter·mez·zos or in·ter·mez·zi (-sē, -zē)
1. A brief entertainment between two acts of a play; an entr'acte.
a. A short movement separating the major sections of a lengthy composition or work.
b. An independent instrumental composition having the character of such a movement.
[Italian, from Latin intermedius, intermediate; see INTERMEDIATE.]
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