allegretto

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

light, graceful, and moderately fast in tempo.

noun, plural al·le·gret·tos.

an allegretto movement.

Nearby words

  1. allegorist,
  2. allegoristic,
  3. allegorize,
  4. allegory,
  5. allegra,
  6. allegri,
  7. allegro,
  8. allegro, l',
  9. allele,
  10. allelic

Origin of allegretto

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

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British Dictionary definitions for allegretto

allegretto

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

allegretto

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

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