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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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  • His words are parlando, but the orchestra illumines them with music clear as a calcium light.

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

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Tonio comes forward and announces in parlando voice that "the comedy is finished!"

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

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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