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sostenuto

[ sos-tuh-noo-toh, soh-stuh-; Italian saws-te-noo-taw ]
/ ˌsɒs təˈnu toʊ, ˌsoʊ stə-; Italian ˌsɔs tɛˈnu tɔ /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of sostenuto

1715–25; <Italian, past participle of sostenere;see sustain

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British Dictionary definitions for sostenuto

sostenuto
/ (ˌsɒstəˈnuːtəʊ) /

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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