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andante

[ ahn-dahn-tey, an-dan-tee; Italian ahn-dahn-te ]
/ ɑnˈdɑn teɪ, ænˈdæn ti; Italian ɑnˈdɑn tɛ /
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adjective, adverb

moderately slow and even.

noun, plural an·dan·tes.

an andante movement or piece.

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Origin of andante

1735–45; <Italian: literally, walking, present participle of andare to walk, go (see -ant); etymology disputed, but often alleged: <Vulgar Latin *ambitare, derivative of Latin ambitus circular motion, roundabout journey (see ambit); perhaps, alternatively, early Latin borrowing <Gaulish *andā-, akin to Latin pandere to spread (hence, stride); compare passus step, pace (action noun *pand-tu-), equivalent to Old Irish ēs footprint, track
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British Dictionary definitions for andante

andante
/ (ænˈdænteɪ) music /

adjective, adverb

(to be performed) at a moderately slow tempo

noun

a passage or piece to be performed in this manner
C18: Italian: going, from andare to go, from Latin ambulāre to walk
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