[ tahn-toh; Italian tahn-taw ]

  1. (of a musical direction) too much; so much.

Origin of tanto

1875–80; Italian <Latin tantum so much

Words Nearby tanto

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How to use tanto in a sentence

  • In addition, the currency notes of the Government served in the place pro tanto of the Bank of England notes.

    Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
  • Non si risolvo a credere che si fusse fatto tanto a un pezzo.

  • Therefore, its servants are, pro tanto, evil also and rightly to be repudiated.

    The I.W.W. | Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • Ad summam senectutem vixit Fabius Maximus, dignus tanto cognomine.

    Selections from Viri Romae | Charles Franois L'Homond
  • tanto inde favore ad suffragia itum est, ut tribuni incepto desisterent.

    Selections from Viri Romae | Charles Franois L'Homond

British Dictionary definitions for tanto


/ (ˈtæntəʊ, Italian ˈtanto) /

  1. too much: allegro ma non tanto See non troppo

Origin of tanto

C19: from Italian, from Latin tantum so much

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