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a tempo

[ah-tem-poh; Italian ah-tem-paw]
adverb Music.
  1. resuming the speed obtained preceding ritardando or accelerando.
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Origin of a tempo

1730–40; < Italian: in (the regular) time
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British Dictionary definitions for a tempo

a tempo

adjective, adverb
  1. to the original tempo
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noun
  1. a passage thus marked
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Also: tempo primo

Word Origin

Italian: in (the original) time
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