[ uh-ley-groh, uh-leg-roh; Italian ahl-le-graw ]
/ əˈleɪ groʊ, əˈlɛg roʊ; Italian ɑlˈlɛ grɔ /

adjective, adverb

brisk or rapid in tempo.

noun, plural al·le·gros.

an allegro movement.

Nearby words

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

Origin of allegro

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

Allegro, L'

[ lah-ley-groh, la- ]
/ lɑˈleɪ groʊ, læ- /

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for allegro


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

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

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