adjective or adverb

al·​lar·​gan·​do ˌä-lär-ˈgän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce allargando (audio)
: becoming gradually slower and more stately
used as a direction in music

Word History


Italian, widening, verbal of allargare to widen, from al- (from Latin ad-) + largare to widen

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of allargando was in 1877

Dictionary Entries Near allargando

Cite this Entry

“Allargando.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
al·​lar·​gan·​do ˌäl-ˌär-ˈgän-dō How to pronounce allargando (audio)
: gradually slower with crescendo
used as a direction in music
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