- moderately slow and even.
- an andante movement or piece.
Origin of andante
Examples from the Web for andante
Tempo: Adagio lamentoso, with occasionally a rise to andante maesto.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
After the andante came the caballeta, and then the coda-finale.
So they plunged again into an Andante and Scherzo of Beethoven.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
As Celeste began the andante, Nora signified to the Barone to drop his work.The Place of Honeymoons
The Andante is religioso, and is fervent rather than sombre.Contemporary American Composers
- (to be performed) at a moderately slow tempo
- a passage or piece to be performed in this manner
Word Origin and History for andante
musical direction, "moderately slow," 1742, from Italian andante, present participle of andare "to go," from Vulgar Latin ambitare (source of Spanish andar "to go"), from Latin ambitus, past participle of ambire "to go round, go about" (see ambient).