Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[lahr-get-oh] /lɑrˈgɛt oʊ/ Music.
adjective, adverb
somewhat slow; not so slow as largo, but usually slower than andante.
noun, plural larghettos.
a larghetto movement.
Origin of larghetto
1715-25; < Italian, diminutive of largo largo Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for larghetto
Historical Examples
  • The second movement, larghetto, requires a frequent change of measure.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • These effects readily are discoverable in the larghetto of the Potocka concerto.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • Because of its beauty and its association with Delphine, I would suggest that the pianolist begin with this larghetto.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • A composer writes a larghetto when he feels something like writing a largo but isn't, on the whole, quite up to it.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • The second or larghetto movement was also a success, but to a less degree.

    The Lion's Share E. Arnold Bennett
  • There is an example of the latter in Chopin's Sonata I (the larghetto movement).

  • The details of the larghetto must be studied (say, at the organ).

  • The alto then takes up a larghetto in six-eight time, key D minor.

  • I would particularly mention the larghetto, from the second Concerto, a piece full of poetic charm.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • In the larghetto one group occasionally interrupts the other, giving it piquancy.

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
British Dictionary definitions for larghetto


adjective, adverb
to be performed moderately slowly
noun (pl) -tos
a piece or passage to be performed in this way
Word Origin
Italian: diminutive of largo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for larghetto

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for larghetto

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for larghetto