adjective, adverb

somewhat slow; not so slow as largo, but usually slower than andante.

noun, plural lar·ghet·tos.

a larghetto movement.

Origin of larghetto

1715–25; < Italian, diminutive of largo largo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for larghetto

Historical Examples of larghetto

  • These effects readily are discoverable in the larghetto of the Potocka concerto.

    The Pianolist

    Gustav Kobb

  • The details of the larghetto must be studied (say, at the organ).

  • The second movement, Larghetto, requires a frequent change of measure.

    Life of Beethoven

    Anton Schindler

  • The second or Larghetto movement was also a success, but to a less degree.

    The Lion's Share

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • A composer writes a larghetto when he feels something like writing a largo but isn't, on the whole, quite up to it.


    Lawton Mackall

British Dictionary definitions for larghetto


adjective, adverb

to be performed moderately slowly

noun plural -tos

a piece or passage to be performed in this way

Word Origin for larghetto

Italian: diminutive of largo
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