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stretto

play
noun stret·to \ˈstre-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of stretto

plural stretti play \-(ˌ)tē\ or strettos

  1. 1a :  the overlapping of answer with subject in a musical fugueb :  the part of a fugue characterized by this overlapping

  2. 2 :  a concluding passage performed in a quicker tempo



Variants of stretto

also stretta play \-tə\

Origin of stretto

stretto from Italian, from stretto narrow, close, from Latin strictus, past participle; stretta from Italian, from feminine of stretto — more at strict


First Known Use: circa 1740

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