Dictionary.com

legato

[ luh-gah-toh; Italian le-gah-taw ]
/ ləˈgɑ toʊ; Italian lɛˈgɑ tɔ /
Save This Word!

adjective, adverb Music.

smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!

In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Compare staccato.

Origin of legato

1805–15; <Italian, past participle of legare<Latin ligāre to bind
non·le·ga·to, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

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
C19: from Italian, literally: bound
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
Essays. Emails. Everything. Get Help Now!