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[foo-gah-toh, fyoo-] /fuˈgɑ toʊ, fyu-/
noun, plural fugatos. Music.
a section of a composition that is in fugal style but does not constitute a real fugue.
Origin of fugato
From Italian, dating back to 1865-70; See origin at fugue, -ate1 Unabridged
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  • A form of opera overture consisting of a slow introduction, followed by a fugue or fugato, and concluding with a slow movement.


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams
  • He regarded it as a synonym of the fantasia, which was a free form made up of fugato instrumental passages.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
British Dictionary definitions for fugato


adverb, adjective
in the manner or style of a fugue
a movement, section, or piece in this style
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, from fugare to compose in the style of a fugue
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