- Music. in a leisurely manner; slowly.
- Music. slow.
- Music. an adagio movement or piece.
- 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
Historical Examples of adagio
They skipped not in answer to the adagio movement in the May-day Symphony.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
Sinking quickly into the slumber which always overtakes him during the adagio.
Tempo: Adagio lamentoso, with occasionally a rise to andante maesto.
The first movement and the Adagio, above all, are of incomparable beauty.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
If I were a musician I would take it as the subject for the adagio in a Wesleyan symphony.The Way of All Flesh
- (to be performed) slowly
- a movement or piece to be performed slowly
- ballet a slow section of a pas de deux
Word Origin for adagio
A very slow musical tempo.