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1. fi­asco—[b] com­plete fail­ure. Though its pre­miere was a fi­asco, the Broad­way mu­si­cal be­came the smash of the sea­son.

2. al dente—[c] cooked un­til firm. I like my noo­dles al dente, but these are prac­ti­cally raw!

3. incog­nito—[c] with a con­cealed iden­tity. The spy trav­eled incog­nito, us­ing an as­sumed name.

4. vendetta—[b] blood feud. Romeo and Juliet’s love af­fair was doomed by their fam­i­lies’ vendetta.

5. patina—[c] sheen pro­duced by age. “You can tell this writ­ing desk is an an­tique by its beau­ti­ful patina,” Marco ex­plained.

6. dilet­tante—[b] dab­bler. The mae­stro seeks a pro­fes­sional singer, not some week­end dilet­tante.

7. belvedere— [C] struc­ture with a view. From the domed belvedere, we could watch Mount Etna erupt­ing.

8. cameo—[a] small role. Francesca blew her au­di­tion for the lead, but she has a cameo as a taxi driver.

9. sotto voce—[a] un­der one’s breath. “I al­ways speak sotto voce,” whis­pered Sophia, “to make sure peo­ple are lis­ten­ing.”

10. bravura—[c] dis­play of bril­liance. The de­fense lawyer de­liv­ered the clos­ing ar­gu­ment with bravura.

11. amoretto—[b] cherub. Why don’t you paint a lit­tle amoretto above the kiss­ing cou­ple?

12. forte—[a] loud. In my opin­ion, a trom­bone ser­e­nade is too forte to be ro­man­tic.

13. br­uschetta—[a] grilled bread ap­pe­tizer. You can’t or­der the br­uschetta and the gar­lic knots; you’re sup­posed to be watch­ing your carbs!

14. cam­panile—[a] bell tower.

The vil­lage’s pic­turesque cam­panile has been stand­ing since me­dieval times.

15. brio—[c] gusto. Af­ter just one sip of Chianti, I feel my brio re­turn­ing.

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