[foo-gah-toh, fyoo-]

Origin of fugato

From Italian, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at fugue, -ate1
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Examples from the Web for fugato

Historical Examples of fugato

  • A form of opera overture consisting of a slow introduction, followed by a fugue or fugato, and concluding with a slow movement.


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams

  • He regarded it as a synonym of the fantasia, which was a free form made up of fugato instrumental passages.

    An Autobiography

    Igor Stravinsky

British Dictionary definitions for fugato


adverb, adjective
  1. in the manner or style of a fugue
  1. a movement, section, or piece in this style

Word Origin for fugato

C19: from Italian, from fugare to compose in the style of a fugue
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