ritardando

[ree-tahr-dahn-doh; Italian ree-tahr-dahn-daw]

Origin of ritardando

1805–15; < Italian, gerund of ritardare; see retard
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British Dictionary definitions for ritardando

ritardando

adjective, adverb
  1. another term for rallentando Abbreviation: rit

Word Origin for ritardando

C19: from Italian, from ritardare to slow down
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Word Origin and History for ritardando
adj.

1811, from Italian, present participle of ritardare, from Latin retardare (see retardation).

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