assai

1
[ uh-sahy; Italian ahs-sah-ee ]
/ əˈsaɪ; Italian ɑsˈsɑ i /

adverb Music.

very: allegro assai (very quick).

Origin of assai

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1715–25; < Italian: literally, enough ≪ Latin ad (up) to + satis enough. See asset

Definition for assai (2 of 2)

assai2
[ uh-sah-ee ]
/ əˈsɑ i /

noun

any of several slender Brazilian palms of the genus Euterpe, especially E. edulis, a species bearing a purple fruit from which a beverage is made by infusion.

Origin of assai

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1895–1900; < Portuguese < Tupi assaí
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British Dictionary definitions for assai (1 of 2)

assai1
/ (æˈsaɪ) /

adverb

music (usually preceded by a musical direction) veryallegro assai

Word Origin for assai

Italian: enough

British Dictionary definitions for assai (2 of 2)

assai2
/ (æˈsaɪ) /

noun

any of several Brazilian palm trees of the genus Euterpe, esp E. edulis, that have small dark purple fleshy edible fruit
a beverage made from the fruit of this tree

Word Origin for assai

via Brazilian Portuguese from Tupi
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