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noun, plural di·min·u·en·does.
  1. a gradual reduction of force or loudness.
  2. a diminuendo passage. Symbol: >

Origin of diminuendo

1765–75; < Italian, present participle of diminuire; see diminish
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Historical Examples of diminuendo

  • The diminuendo of his footsteps was agreeable to Doggies ear.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • He stood where he was listening to the diminuendo whisper of her dress.

    Scarlet and Hyssop

    E. F. Benson

  • There were twenty paces crescendo, a pause, and then twenty diminuendo.

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Carefully observe the effects of crescendo < and diminuendo >.

  • You, perhaps, do not like to play this place crescendo, but diminuendo.

    Piano and Song

    Friedrich Wieck

British Dictionary definitions for diminuendo


noun plural -dos
    1. a gradual decrease in loudness or the musical direction indicating thisAbbreviation: dim, (written over the music affected)
    2. a musical passage affected by a diminuendo
  1. gradually decreasing in loudness
  2. with a diminuendo
Also: decrescendo

Word Origin for diminuendo

C18: from Italian, from diminuire to diminish
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Word Origin and History for diminuendo

1775, from Italian diminuendo "lessening, diminishing," present participle of diminuire, from Latin deminuere (see diminish).

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