Simple Definition of tempo
: the speed at which a musical piece is played or sung
: the speed at which something moves or happens
Examples of tempo
The song has a slow tempo.
The composition has many changes of tempo.
We walked at a fast tempo.
The tempo of the game slowed down.
The dance starts out fast and then switches tempo.
Origin of tempo
Italian, literally, time, from Latin tempus
First Known Use: circa 1724
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