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[ah-nuh-mah-toh, an-uh-; Italian ah-nee-mah-taw]
adjective Music.
  1. animated; lively. Abbreviation: anim.
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Origin of animato

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

Historical Examples

  • 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


adjective, adverb
  1. music (to be performed) in a lively manner
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Word Origin

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