[mohl-toh; Italian mawl-taw]

adverb Music.

very: molto adagio; molto allegro.

Origin of molto

1795–1805; < Italian < Latin multum, adv. use of accusative singular neuter of multus much Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for molto

Contemporary Examples of molto

  • But leave it to Molto Mario to make octopus at home seem like the most normal thing in the world.

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    What to Eat: Tapas

    February 23, 2010

  • Tortilla Española by Mario Batali The famous “Molto Mario” speaks some Spanish (cuisine).

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    What to Eat

    July 14, 2009

  • Emeril, Molto Mario, and Top Chef also feature tough guys, and have achieved credibility with viewers of both genders.

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    Sex and the Kitchen

    Elizabeth Cline

    June 25, 2009

Historical Examples of molto

British Dictionary definitions for molto



music (preceded or followed by a musical direction, esp a tempo marking) veryallegro molto; molto adagio

Word Origin for molto

from Italian, from Latin multum (adv) much
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