poco a poco

[ poh-koh ah -poh-koh; Italian paw-kaw ah -paw-kaw ]
/ ˈpoʊ koʊ ɑ ˈpoʊ koʊ; Italian ˈpɔ kɔ ɑ ˈpɔ kɔ /

adverb Music.

gradually; little by little: poco a poco accelerando.

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Origin of poco a poco

Borrowed into English from Italian around 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for poco a poco

poco a poco

adverb

(in combination) music little by littlepoco a poco rall

Word Origin for poco a poco

Italian
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