a tempo

[ ah-tem-poh; Italian ah-tem-paw ]
/ ɑˈtɛm poʊ; Italian ɑˈtɛm pɔ /

adverb Music.

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
/ (ɑː ˈtɛmpəʊ) music /

adjective, adverb

to the original tempo

noun

a passage thus marked
Also: tempo primo

Word Origin for a tempo

Italian: in (the original) time
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