subito

[soo-bi-toh; Italian soo-bee-taw]

adverb

(as a musical direction) suddenly; abruptly: subito pianissimo.

Nearby words

  1. subinfluent,
  2. subinterval,
  3. subinvolution,
  4. subirrigate,
  5. subitize,
  6. subj.,
  7. subjacent,
  8. subject,
  9. subject catalog,
  10. subject catalogue

Origin of subito

1715–25; < Italian < Latin subitō orig., ablative singular neuter of subitus sudden, equivalent to sub- sub- + -i- (base of īre to go) + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for subito

subito

adverb

music (preceding or following a dynamic marking, etc) suddenly; immediatelyAbbreviation: sub

Word Origin for subito

C18: via Italian from Latin: suddenly, from subitus sudden, from subīre to approach, from sub- (indicating stealth) + īre to go

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