[ 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: >

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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