[uh-ley-groh, uh-leg-roh; Italian ahl-le-graw]Music.

adjective, adverb

brisk or rapid in tempo.

noun, plural al·le·gros.

an allegro movement.

Origin of allegro

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

Allegro, L'

[lah-ley-groh, la-]

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

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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

allegro in Culture


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

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

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