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sostenuto

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adjective or adverb so·ste·nu·to \ˌsōs-tə-ˈnü-(ˌ)tō, ˌsȯs-\

Definition of sostenuto

  1. :  sustained to or beyond the note's full value —used as a direction in music



Origin and Etymology of sostenuto

Italian, from past participle of sostenere to sustain, from Latin sustinēre


First Known Use: circa 1724


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sostenuto

noun so·ste·nu·to

Definition of sostenuto

  1. :  a movement or passage whose notes are markedly prolonged



1757

First Known Use of sostenuto

1757


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