[sos-tuh-noo-toh, soh-stuh-; Italian saws-te-noo-taw]Music.
noun, plural sos·te·nu·tos, Italian sos·te·nu·ti [saws-te-noo-tee] /ˌsɔs tɛˈnu ti/.
  1. a movement or passage played in this manner.

Origin of sostenuto

1715–25; < Italian, past participle of sostenere; see sustain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective, adverb
  1. music (preceded by a tempo marking) to be performed in a smooth sustained manner

Word Origin for sostenuto

C18: from Italian, from sostenere to sustain, from Latin sustinēre to uphold
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