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[uh-ley-groh, uh-leg-roh; Italian ahl-le-graw]Music.
adjective, adverb
  1. brisk or rapid in tempo.
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noun, plural al·le·gros.
  1. an allegro movement.
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Origin of allegro

1625–35; < Italian < Latin alacer brisk. Cf. alacrity

Allegro, L'

[lah-ley-groh, la-]
  1. L'Allegro.
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Examples from the Web for allegro

Historical Examples

  • The strings and the wind took up the Allegro, and Thayer rose.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Tim's laugh was allegro and crescendo at the first, and staccato at the close.

    The Red Acorn

    John McElroy

  • The allegro is metronomed -138, and it is very short and very wild.

  • Allegro from the Concerto in F minor, composed and played by Chopin.

  • The first subject of the allegro movement is anything but pathetic.

British Dictionary definitions for allegro


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

C17: from Italian: cheerful, from Latin alacer brisk, lively
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Word Origin and History for allegro

1680s as a musical term, from Italian allegro "cheerful, gay," from Latin alacrem (nominative alacer) "lively, cheerful, brisk" (see alacrity).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

allegro in Culture


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

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

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