• synonyms


[ pre-stis-uh-moh; Italian pre-stees-see-maw ]
/ prɛˈstɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian prɛˈstis siˌmɔ /


(a musical direction) in the most rapid tempo.

Nearby words

prestidigitation, prestidigitator, prestige, prestige pricing, prestigious, prestissimo, presto, presto chango, preston, prestonpans, prestore

Origin of prestissimo

1715–25; < Italian: most quickly, superlative of presto presto Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prestissimo

British Dictionary definitions for prestissimo


/ (prɛˈstɪsɪˌməʊ) music /

adjective, adverb

to be played as fast as possible

noun plural -mos

a piece or passage directed to be played in this way

Word Origin for prestissimo

C18: from Italian: very quickly, from presto fast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012