noun, plural a·da·gios.
- a sequence of well-controlled, graceful movements performed as a display of skill.
- a duet by a man and a woman or mixed trio emphasizing difficult technical feats.
- (especially in ballet) a love-duet sequence in a pas de deux.
Origin of adagio
Examples from the Web for adagio
I have not yet decided on the adagio, and think I shall reserve it for Naples.Letters of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy from Italy and Switzerland|Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
This Adagio, however, were the date of its composition unknown, might pass for a very clever imitation of Beethoven's style.The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
In every symphony of Haydn the adagio or andante is sure to be repeated each time, after the most vehement encores.Haydn|J. Cuthbert Hadden
I was especially delighted with an adagio, and with several of his extemporised variations.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)|Otto Jahn
The Adagio and Rondo made a great effect and were followed by the heartiest applause and shouts of bravo.Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2)|Moritz Karasowski
British Dictionary definitions for adagio
noun plural -gios
Word Origin for adagio
Culture definitions for adagio
A very slow musical tempo.