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[mahy-stoh-soh; Italian mah-es-taw-saw]
adjective, adverb
  1. with majesty; stately (used as a musical direction).
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Origin of maestoso

1715–25; < Italian: stately, majestic, equivalent to maest(à) (< Latin mājestās majesty) + -oso -ose1
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Examples from the Web for maestoso

Historical Examples

  • This music is exquisite, wondrously exquisite, and it is followed by a maestoso e solenne movement of unsurpassable majesty.

    Contemporary American Composers

    Rupert Hughes

  • An Introduction, maestoso, followed by something mystical (Kents Prediction).

  • The maestoso which ushers in the Allegro of the last sonata contains foreshadowings which are better felt than explained.

British Dictionary definitions for maestoso


adjective, adverb
  1. to be performed majestically
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noun plural -sos
  1. a piece or passage directed to be played in this way
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Word Origin

C18: Italian: majestic, from Latin māiestās majesty
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