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

Definition of affrettando

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

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at brine

First Known Use: circa 1842

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up affrettando? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


capable of being understood in two ways

Get Word of the Day daily email!