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impromptu

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noun im·promp·tu \im-ˈpräm(p)-(ˌ)tü, -(ˌ)tyü\

Definition of impromptu

  1. 1 :  something that is impromptu

  2. 2 :  a musical composition suggesting improvisation



Examples of impromptu in a sentence

  1. <although five different lines had been written, the best choice turned out to be an impromptu from the tired actor himself>



Origin and Etymology of impromptu

French, from impromptu extemporaneously, from Latin in promptu in readiness


First Known Use: 1683


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impromptu

adjective im·promp·tu

Simple Definition of impromptu

  • : not prepared ahead of time : made or done without preparation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of impromptu

  1. 1 :  made, done, or formed on or as if on the spur of the moment :  improvised

  2. 2 :  composed or uttered without previous preparation :  extemporaneous

impromptu

adverb

Examples of impromptu in a sentence

  1. Two of my friends came by unexpectedly, and we had an impromptu little party in my kitchen.

  2. He made an impromptu speech about honor and responsibility.



Did You Know?

If you think that "impromptu" looks like a relative of "prompt," you're right; both are ultimately derived from the Latin promere, meaning "to bring forth, take out." "Impromptu" was borrowed from French, where it meant "extemporaneously," but French speakers picked it up from the Latin phrase in promptu, a "promere" descendant meaning "in readiness" or "at hand." There is also another, much rarer descendant of "promere" in English - the noun promptuary, meaning "a book of ready reference."

1764

First Known Use of impromptu

1764


IMPROMPTU Defined for Kids

impromptu

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adjective im·promp·tu \im-ˈprämp-tü, -tyü\

Definition of impromptu for Students

  1. :  not prepared ahead of time :  made or done without preparation <an impromptu speech>





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