[ gli-sahn-doh ]
/ glɪˈsɑn doʊ /


performed with a gliding effect by sliding one or more fingers rapidly over the keys of a piano or strings of a harp.

noun, plural glis·san·di [gli-sahn-dee]. /glɪˈsɑn di/.

a glissando passage.
(in string playing) a slide.

Origin of glissando

1870–75; <French gliss(er) to slide + Italian -ando gerund ending Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for glissando

British Dictionary definitions for glissando

/ (ɡlɪˈsændəʊ) /

noun plural -di (-diː) or -dos

a rapidly executed series of notes on the harp or piano, each note of which is discretely audible
a portamento, esp as executed on the violin, viola, etc

Word Origin for glissando

C19: probably Italianized variant of glissade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012