- 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
Words nearby adagio
How to use adagio in a sentence
Kellow thinks “moved at a perfect adagio tempo that was nevertheless surprisingly novel and hardly ever dull.”
The coming of the storm (repetition of the theme which follows the adagio and the further development of it).
After the adagio from the First Symphony—also included in the programme—even a slight hissing was heard.
Karasowski says mistakingly that the movement referred to is the Adagio of the E minor Concerto.
And Schumann exclaims: "What are ten editorial crowns compared to one such Adagio as that in the second concerto!"
The Adagio is very fine in its way, but such is its cloying sweetness that one longs for something bracing and active.
British Dictionary definitions for adagio
Word Origin for adagio
Cultural definitions for adagio
A very slow musical tempo.