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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 2 (It. pron. shā′ nä; pl. scene (-ne)). In music: In an opera, a scene.
  • noun An elaborate dramatic solo, similar to an operatic scene for a single performer, usually consisting largely of recitative or semi-recitative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Italian, from Latin scaena, stage; see scene.]

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