[ dih-min-yoo-en-doh ]
/ dɪˌmɪn yuˈɛn doʊ /

adjective, adverb

gradually reducing in force or loudness; decrescendo (opposed to crescendo).

noun, plural di·min·u·en·does.

a gradual reduction of force or loudness.
a diminuendo passage. Symbol: >

Nearby words

  1. diminished,
  2. diminished responsibility,
  3. diminished seventh chord,
  4. diminishing returns,
  5. diminishing returns, law of,
  6. diminution,
  7. diminutive,
  8. dimissory,
  9. dimitrios i,
  10. dimitrov

Origin of diminuendo

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

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British Dictionary definitions for diminuendo


/ (dɪˌmɪnjʊˈɛndəʊ) music /

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


gradually decreasing in loudness
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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