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[len-toh; Italian len-taw]Music.
  1. slow.
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  1. slowly.
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Origin of lento

1715–25; < Italian < Latin lentus slow
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Historical Examples of lento

  • The Lento movement of "Ibéria" is like some drowsy, disheveled gipsy.

    Musical Portraits

    Paul Rosenfeld

  • The theme has an entirely new ring and answer when it enters Allegro after the Lento prelude.

  • The Allegro seems a mere irruption; for the Lento prelude reappears in full solemnity.

  • Lento in basses of the strings a strain sounds like a basic motive, answered with harmonies in the wood.

  • Allegro moderato, lento, fugue (for three voices) allegro moderato fugue (for four voices).


    Charles Francis Abdy Williams

British Dictionary definitions for lento


adjective, adverb
  1. to be performed slowly
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noun plural -tos
  1. a movement or passage performed in this way
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Word Origin for lento

C18: Italian, from Latin lentus slow
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Word Origin and History for lento

"slowly" (musical direction), 1724, from Italian lento "slow," from Latin lentus "flexible, pliant, slow, sluggish" (see lithe). Related: Lentissimo.

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