[ree-tahr-dahn-doh; Italian ree-tahr-dahn-daw]
- becoming gradually slower.
Origin of ritardando
1805–15; < Italian, gerund of ritardare; see retard
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- another term for rallentando Abbreviation: rit
C19: from Italian, from ritardare to slow down
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Word Origin and History for ritardando
1811, from Italian, present participle of ritardare, from Latin retardare (see retardation).
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