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[ree-tahr-dahn-doh; Italian ree-tahr-dahn-daw]
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adjective, adverb Music.
  1. becoming gradually slower.
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Origin of ritardando

1805–15; < Italian, gerund of ritardare; see retard
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British Dictionary definitions for ritardando


adjective, adverb
  1. another term for rallentando Abbreviation: rit
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Word Origin

C19: from Italian, from ritardare to slow down
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Word Origin and History for ritardando


1811, from Italian, present participle of ritardare, from Latin retardare (see retardation).

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