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adagio

adverb or adjective ada·gio \ ə-ˈdä-j(ē-ˌ)ō , ä- , -zh(ē-ˌ)ō \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of adagio

: at a slow tempo used chiefly as a direction in music

Origin and Etymology of adagio

borrowed from Italian, from the phrase ad agio, literally, "at ease," from ad, a "to, at" (going back to Latin ad) + agio "ease, convenience," borrowed from Old French aise, eise — more at 1at, 1ease

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adagio

noun

Definition of adagio

plural adagios
1 : a musical composition or movement in adagio tempo
2 : a ballet duet by a man and woman or a mixed trio displaying difficult feats of balance, lifting, or spinning

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Origin and Etymology of adagio

borrowed from Italian, derivative of adagio 1adagio

ADAGIO Defined for English Language Learners

adagio

adverb

Definition of adagio for English Language Learners

  • : in a slow manner


adagio

noun

Definition of adagio for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of music that is played or performed slowly and gracefully


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of adagio


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