[mahy-stoh-soh; Italian mah-es-taw-saw]

adjective, adverb

with majesty; stately (used as a musical direction).

Origin of maestoso

1715–25; < Italian: stately, majestic, equivalent to maest(à) (< Latin mājestās majesty) + -oso -ose1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective, adverb

to be performed majestically

noun plural -sos

a piece or passage directed to be played in this way

Word Origin for maestoso

C18: Italian: majestic, from Latin māiestās majesty
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