[ foo-gah-toh, fyoo- ]
/ fuˈgɑ toʊ, fyu- /

noun, plural fu·ga·tos. Music.

a section of a composition that is in fugal style but does not constitute a real fugue.

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

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

    Bach|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


/ (fjʊˈɡɑːtəʊ) music /

adverb, adjective

in the manner or style of a fugue


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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