[spir-i-toh-soh; Italian spee-ree-taw-saw]


spirited; lively (used as a musical direction).

Origin of spiritoso

From Italian, dating back to 1715–25; see origin at spirit, -ose1
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British Dictionary definitions for spiritoso


adjective, adverb

music (often preceded by a tempo marking) to be played in a spirited or animated mannerallegro spiritoso

Word Origin for spiritoso

Italian, from spirito spirit, from Latin spīritus breath; see spirit 1
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