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
Word Origin and History for adagio
c.1746, "slowly, leisurely," Italian, from ad agio, from ad "to, at" (see ad-) + agio "leisure," from Vulgar Latin adjacens, present participle of adjacere "to lie at, to lie near" (cf. adjacent). In musical sense of "a slow movement" (n.), first attested 1784.
Culture definitions for adagio
A very slow musical tempo.