af·​fret·​tan·​do | \ ˌa-frə-ˈtän-(ˌ)dō, ˌä- \

Definition of affrettando

: becoming faster, as if excited used as a direction in music

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First Known Use of affrettando

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affrettando

Italian, literally, hastening, verbal of affrettare to hasten, from a- (from Latin ad-) + fretta haste, from frettare to rub, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin frictare, from Latin frictus, past participle of fricare to rub

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“Affrettando.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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