[ uh-dah-joh, -zhee-oh; Italian ah-dah-jaw ]
/ əˈdɑ dʒoʊ, -ʒiˌoʊ; Italian ɑˈdɑ dʒɔ /


Music. in a leisurely manner; slowly.


Music. slow.

noun, plural a·da·gios.

Music. an adagio movement or piece.
  1. a sequence of well-controlled, graceful movements performed as a display of skill.
  2. a duet by a man and a woman or mixed trio emphasizing difficult technical feats.
  3. (especially in ballet) a love-duet sequence in a pas de deux.

Origin of adagio

1740–50; < Italian, for ad agio at ease; agio < Old Provençal ais or Old French aise (see ease) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adagio


/ (əˈdɑːdʒɪˌəʊ, Italian aˈdadʒo) music /

adjective, adverb

(to be performed) slowly

noun plural -gios

a movement or piece to be performed slowly
ballet a slow section of a pas de deux

Word Origin for adagio

C18: Italian, from ad at + agio ease
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Culture definitions for adagio


[ (uh-dah-joh, uh-dah-zhee-oh) ]

A very slow musical tempo.

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