[sos-tuh-noo-toh, soh-stuh-; Italian saws-te-noo-taw]Music.


sustained or prolonged in the time value of the tones.

noun, plural sos·te·nu·tos, Italian sos·te·nu·ti [saws-te-noo-tee] /ˌsɔs tɛˈnu ti/.

a movement or passage played in this manner.

Nearby words

  1. sosa,
  2. sosa, sammy,
  3. sosatie,
  4. soseki,
  5. sosnowiec,
  6. sostenuto pedal,
  7. sot,
  8. soter,
  9. soteriological,
  10. soteriology

Origin of sostenuto

1715–25; < Italian, past participle of sostenere; see sustain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sostenuto


adjective, adverb

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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