[si-kon-doh, -kohn-; Italian se-kawn-daw]
noun, plural se·con·di [si-kon-dee, -kohn-; Italian se-kawn-dee] /sɪˈkɒn di, -ˈkoʊn-; Italian sɛˈkɔn di/. Music.
  1. the second or lower part in a duet, especially in a piano duet.
  2. the performer playing this part.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for secondo

Historical Examples of secondo

  • She had no second string to her bow, no secondo, no terzo, no patito.

    Massimilla Doni

    Honore de Balzac

  • 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

  • Its arrangement for four hands, however, is excellently done, with commendable attention to the interests of the secondo player.

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

British Dictionary definitions for secondo


noun plural -di (-diː)
  1. the left-hand part in a piano duetCompare primo

Word Origin for secondo

Italian: second 1
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