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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A subdivision or scene of an opera.
  • n. The recitative part of a larger vocal number within an opera.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A scene in an opera.
  • n. An accompanied dramatic recitative, interspersed with passages of melody, or followed by a full aria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A scene in an opera.
  • n. An accompanied dramatic recitative, interspersed with passages of melody, or followed by a full aria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The stage of an ancient theater, including the permanent architectural front behind the stage platform and facing the audience in the Roman and later Greek theater.
  • n. 2 (It. pron. shā′ nä; pl. scene (-ne)). In music: In an opera, a scene.
  • n. An elaborate dramatic solo, similar to an operatic scene for a single performer, usually consisting largely of recitative or semi-recitative.

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin scaena, stage; see scene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

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