[ pres-toh ]
/ ˈprɛs toʊ /


quickly, rapidly, or immediately.
at a rapid tempo (used as a musical direction).


quick or rapid.
executed at a rapid tempo (used as a musical direction).

noun, plural pres·tos.

Music. a movement or piece in quick tempo.

Origin of presto

1590–1600; < Italian: quick, quickly < Late Latin praestus (adj.) ready, Latin praestō (adv.) at hand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for presto

/ (ˈprɛstəʊ) /

adjective, adverb

music to be played very fast


immediately, suddenly, or at once (esp in the phrase hey presto)

noun plural -tos

music a movement or passage directed to be played very quickly

Word Origin for presto

C16: from Italian: fast, from Late Latin praestus (adj) ready to hand, Latin praestō (adv) present
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