[ si-kon-doh, -kohn-; Italian se-kawn-daw ]
/ sɪˈkɒn doʊ, -ˈkoʊn-; Italian sɛˈkɔn dɔ /

noun, plural se·con·di [si-kon-dee, -kohn-; Italian se-kawn-dee] /sɪˈkɒn di, -ˈkoʊn-; Italian sɛˈkɔn di/. Music.

the second or lower part in a duet, especially in a piano duet.
the performer playing this part.

Nearby words

  1. secondee,
  2. secondhand,
  3. secondhand smoke,
  4. secondly,
  5. secondment,
  6. seconds,
  7. secos,
  8. secrecy,
  9. secret,
  10. secret agent

Origin of secondo

From Italian, dating back to 1840–50; see origin at second1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for secondo

  • He himself was, naturally, primo tenore, being assisted by the younger Crivelli as the secondo.

  • Secondo, the Sphinx is a woman as well as a winged lion, but the Rajput Sinhas never had anything effeminate in their characters.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan|Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • She had no second string to her bow, no secondo, no terzo, no patito.

    Massimilla Doni|Honore de Balzac
  • Its arrangement for four hands, however, is excellently done, with commendable attention to the interests of the secondo player.

British Dictionary definitions for secondo


/ (sɛˈkɒndəʊ) /

noun plural -di (-diː)

the left-hand part in a piano duetCompare primo

Word Origin for secondo

Italian: second 1

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