affettuoso

[ uh-fech-oo-oh-soh; Italian ahf-fet-twaw-zaw ]
/ əˌfɛtʃ uˈoʊ soʊ; Italian ˌɑf fɛtˈtwɔ zɔ /
Music.

adjective, adverb

with affection and tenderness (a musical direction).

noun, plural af·fet·tuo·sos.

a composition or movement of gentle, tender character.

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Origin of affettuoso

1715–25; <Italian: affecting, moving <Latin affectuōsus, equivalent to affectu(s) affect1 + -ōsus-ous
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British Dictionary definitions for affettuoso

affettuoso
/ (æˌfɛtʃuːˈəʊsəʊ) /

adjective, adverb

music with feeling

Word Origin for affettuoso

C18: from Italian
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