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prestissimo

[ pre-stis-uh-moh; Italian pre-stees-see-maw ]
/ prɛˈstɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian prɛˈstis siˌmɔ /
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adverb
(a musical direction) in the most rapid tempo.
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Origin of prestissimo

1715–25; <Italian: most quickly, superlative of prestopresto
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British Dictionary definitions for prestissimo

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
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