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legato

[ luh-gah-toh; Italian le-gah-taw ]
/ ləˈgɑ toʊ; Italian lɛˈgɑ tɔ /
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Definition of legato

adjective, adverb Music.
smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.
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Origin of legato

1805–15; <Italian, past participle of legare<Latin ligāre to bind

OTHER WORDS FROM legato

non·le·ga·to, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for legato

legato
/ (lɪˈɡɑːtəʊ) music /

adjective, adverb
to be performed smoothly and connectedly
noun plural -tos
  1. a style of playing in which no perceptible gaps are left between notes
  2. (as modifier)a legato passage

Word Origin for legato

C19: from Italian, literally: bound
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