[ree-tuh-noo-toh; Italian ree-te-noo-taw]
- (of a passage in a musical score) immediately slower.
Origin of ritenuto
1820–30; < Italian: literally, held back, past participle of ritenere; see retain
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- held back momentarily
- another term for rallentando
C19: from Italian, from past participle of ritenere, from Latin retinēre to hold back