ritenuto

[ree-tuh-noo-toh; Italian ree-te-noo-taw]

Origin of ritenuto

1820–30; < Italian: literally, held back, past participle of ritenere; see retain
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British Dictionary definitions for ritenuto

ritenuto

adjective, adverb music
  1. held back momentarily
  2. another term for rallentando
Abbreviation: rit

Word Origin for ritenuto

C19: from Italian, from past participle of ritenere, from Latin retinēre to hold back
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