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presto

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interjection pres·to \ˈpres-(ˌ)tō\

Simple Definition of presto

  • : suddenly as if by magic

Full Definition of presto

  1. —used to indicate the sudden appearance or occurrence of something often as if by magic

Origin of presto

Italian, quick, quickly, from Latin praestus ready, from praesto adverb, on hand; akin to Latin prae before — more at for


First Known Use: circa 1599


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presto

adverb or adjective pres·to

Definition of presto

  1. 1 :  suddenly as if by magic :  immediately

  2. 2 :  at a rapid tempo —used as a direction in music



1644

First Known Use of presto

1644


3

presto

noun pres·to

Definition of presto

plural prestos

  1. :  a presto musical passage or movement



1801

First Known Use of presto

1801



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