[ foo-gah-toh, fyoo- ]

noun,plural fu·ga·tos.Music.
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for fugato


/ (fjʊˈɡɑːtəʊ) music /

adverb, adjective
  1. in the manner or style of a fugue

  1. a movement, section, or piece in this style

Origin of fugato

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

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