[ le-jer-oh ]

  1. light and delicate.

  1. with a light, delicate touch.

  1. a passage to be played with a light, delicate touch, or an instance of this way of playing.

Origin of leggiero

First recorded in 1840–45; from Italian, obsolete spelling of leggero “light, delicate”; cf. legerity

Words Nearby leggiero

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How to use leggiero in a sentence

  • A few miles of this swallowed daily will keep the palate leggiero and the figure larghissimo.

    Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
  • It is a sort of soprano leggiero with a small range of superficial feelings.

    How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. | Henry Edward Krehbiel