noun, plural tem·pos, tem·pi [tem-pee] /ˈtɛm pi/.
Origin of tempo
Examples from the Web for tempi
Historical Examples of tempi
In three movements of which the tempi are indicated by Bach.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
"They will soon be tempi passati, these giorni felice," he said, sighing.Frederick The Great and His Family
The Tempi Madonna holds him to her heart, pressing her lips to his soft cheek.The Madonna in Art
Estelle M. Hurll
The character of these pieces is prevailingly sentimental, and the tempi were not so quick then as now.The Voice in Singing
You shall receive by the next post the Tempi of the Sonata marked in accordance with Maelzel's metronome.Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826 Vol. 2
noun plural -pos or -pi (-piː)
Word Origin for tempo
"relative speed of a piece of music," 1724, from Italian tempo, literally "time" (plural tempi), from Latin tempus (genitive temporis) "time" (see temporal). Extended to non-musical senses 1898.
In music, the speed at which a piece is performed. It is the Italian word for “time.”