animato

[ ah-nuh-mah-toh, an-uh-; Italian ah-nee-mah-taw ]
/ ˌɑ nəˈmɑ toʊ, ˌæn ə-; Italian ˌɑ niˈmɑ tɔ /

adjective Music.

animated; lively. Abbreviation: anim.

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Origin of animato

1715–25; <Italian < L. See animate
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Example sentences from the Web for animato

  • The feeling of unrest is here augmented until it becomes almost painful, and not until the animato does a restful feeling come.

    Piano Mastery|Harriette Brower

British Dictionary definitions for animato

animato
/ (ˌænɪˈmɑːtəʊ) /

adjective, adverb

music (to be performed) in a lively manner

Word Origin for animato

Italian
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