[al-i-gret-oh; Italian ahl-le-gret-taw]Music.

adjective, adverb

light, graceful, and moderately fast in tempo.

noun, plural al·le·gret·tos.

an allegretto movement.

Origin of allegretto

1730–40; < Italian, equivalent to allegr(o) allegro + -etto -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective, adverb

(to be performed) fairly quickly or briskly

noun plural -tos

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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