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1Music. = "repeat".
2Music. A refrain, especially in early Italian ballate and related forms.
3Dance. A type of sideways step. historical.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Short Explication of Foreign Words in Musick Books. From Italian ripresa refrain, ritornello, musical passage which is to be repeated, mark of repetition, specific senses of ripresa.
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