calando

[ kah-lahn-doh ]
/ kɑˈlɑn doʊ /
Music.

adjective

becoming slower and softer; dying away.

adverb

in a slower, softer manner.

Nearby words

  1. calamity,
  2. calamity jane,
  3. calamondin,
  4. calamus,
  5. calamus scriptorius,
  6. calandria,
  7. calanthe,
  8. calapan,
  9. calash,
  10. calathea

Origin of calando

probably earlier than 1850–55; < Italian: slackening < Latin calandum, gerund of calāre to let down < Greek chalân to loosen, slacken

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British Dictionary definitions for calando

calando

/ (kəˈlændəʊ) /

adjective, adverb

music (to be performed) with gradually decreasing tone and speed

Word Origin for calando

Italian: dropping, from calare to lower, to drop

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