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allegro

[ uh-ley-groh, uh-leg-roh; Italian ahl-le-graw ]
/ əˈleɪ groʊ, əˈlɛg roʊ; Italian ɑlˈlɛ grɔ /
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adjective, adverb
brisk or rapid in tempo.
noun, plural al·le·gros.
an allegro movement.
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Origin of allegro

1625–35; <Italian <Latin alacer brisk. Cf. alacrity
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British Dictionary definitions for allegro

allegro
/ (əˈleɪɡrəʊ, -ˈlɛɡ-) music /

adjective, adverb
(to be performed) quickly, in a brisk lively manner
noun plural -gros
a piece or passage to be performed in this manner

Word Origin for allegro

C17: from Italian: cheerful, from Latin alacer brisk, lively
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Cultural definitions for allegro

allegro
[ (uh-leg-roh, uh-lay-groh) ]

A brisk, lively musical tempo. Allegro is Italian for “cheerful.”

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