allegretto

[al-i-gret-oh; Italian ahl-le-gret-taw]Music.
noun, plural al·le·gret·tos.
  1. an allegretto movement.

Origin of allegretto

1730–40; < Italian, equivalent to allegr(o) allegro + -etto -et
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allegretto

adjective, adverb
  1. (to be performed) fairly quickly or briskly
noun plural -tos
  1. a piece or passage to be performed in this manner

Word Origin for allegretto

C19: diminutive of allegro
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Word Origin and History for allegretto

1740, from Italian allegretto, diminutive of allegro (q.v.).

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