a tempo

[ah-tem-poh; Italian ah-tem-paw]

adverb Music.

resuming the speed obtained preceding ritardando or accelerando.

Nearby words

  1. a star,
  2. a stitch in time saves nine,
  3. a streetcar named desire,
  4. a supply,
  5. a team,
  6. a tergo,
  7. a thing of beauty is a joy forever,
  8. a time to be born and a time to die,
  9. a to j,
  10. a vinculo matrimonii

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

to the original tempo


a passage thus marked
Also: tempo primo

Word Origin for a tempo

Italian: in (the original) time

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