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[pahr-lahn-doh] /pɑrˈlɑn doʊ/
adjective, Music.
sung or played as though speaking or reciting (a musical direction).
Origin of parlando
1875-80; < Italian, present participle of parlare to speak; see parle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tonio comes forward and announces in parlando voice that "the comedy is finished!"

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • He tried to imitate ordinary conversational speech with music half sung and half spoken—what came to be called "parlando."

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • His words are parlando, but the orchestra illumines them with music clear as a calcium light.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • parlando—well accented or enunciated; applied to melody playing.

  • Instead of broad, flowing, but intelligible themes, a mongrel breed of recitative and parlando was to take their place.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for parlando


adjective, adverb
(music) to be performed as though speaking
Word Origin
Italian: speaking, from parlare to speak
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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