[len-toh; Italian len-taw]Music.



Origin of lento

1715–25; < Italian < Latin lentus slow
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adjective, adverb

to be performed slowly

noun plural -tos

a movement or passage performed in this way

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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