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

[Italian, from Latin scaena, stage; see scene.]
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n, pl -ne (-ˌneɪ)
1. (Theatre) a scene in an opera, usually longer than a single aria
2. (Theatre) a dramatic vocal piece written in operatic style
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(ˈʃeɪ nə, -nɑ)

n., pl. -nas.
an extended operatic vocal solo, usu. including an aria and a recitative.
[1810–20; < Italian: literally, scene]
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