from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An elaborate, ornamental melodic flourish interpolated into an aria or other vocal piece.
- n. An extended virtuosic section for the soloist usually near the end of a movement of a concerto.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A part of a piece of music, such as a concerto, that is very decorative and is played by a single musician.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A parenthetic flourish or flight of ornament in the course of a piece, commonly just before the final cadence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a more or less elaborate flourish or showy passage introduced, often extemporaneously, just before the end of an extended aria or concerto, or as a connective between an intermediate and a final division.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a brilliant solo passage occurring near the end of a piece of music
Italian, from Old Italian, cadence; see cadence.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)