adjective (or adverb)

: tender or affecting
used as a direction in music

Word History


Italian, from Late Latin affectuosus

First Known Use

1724, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affettuoso was in 1724

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“Affettuoso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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