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[uh-ley-groh, uh-leg-roh; Italian ahl-le-graw] /əˈleɪ groʊ, əˈlɛg roʊ; Italian ɑlˈlɛ grɔ/ Music.
adjective, adverb
brisk or rapid in tempo.
noun, plural allegros.
an allegro movement.
Origin of allegro
1625-35; < Italian < Latin alacer brisk. Cf. alacrity

Allegro, L'

[lah-ley-groh, la-] /lɑˈleɪ groʊ, læ-/
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/əˈleɪɡrəʊ; -ˈlɛɡ-/
adjective, adverb
(to be performed) quickly, in a brisk lively manner
noun (pl) -gros
a piece or passage to be performed in this manner
Word Origin
C17: from Italian: cheerful, from Latin alacer brisk, lively
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Word Origin and History for allegro

1680s as a musical term, from Italian allegro "cheerful, gay," from Latin alacrem (nominative alacer) "lively, cheerful, brisk" (see alacrity).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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allegro in Culture
allegro [(uh-leg-roh, uh-lay-groh)]

A brisk, lively musical tempo. Allegro is Italian for “cheerful.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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