allegretto

adverb or adjective
al·le·gret·to | \ ˌa-lə-ˈgre-(ˌ)tō , ˌä-lə- \

Definition of allegretto 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: faster than andante but not so fast as allegro used as a direction in music

allegretto

noun
plural allegrettos

Definition of allegretto (Entry 2 of 2)

: a musical composition or movement in allegretto tempo

Examples of allegretto in a Sentence

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Urgently dramatic outer movements enclosed the caustic jollity of the allegretto and the anguished threnody of the largo. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Nikolaj Znaider trades his violin bow for a baton and elicits admirable results from the CSO," 22 Dec. 2017 All well and good, but the music, while beautifully played, was too drawn out, falling noticeably below Brahms' poco allegretto marking. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Muti and CSO find beauty in the Brahms details," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of allegretto

Adverb or adjective

1710, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allegretto

Adverb or adjective

Italian, diminutive of allegro

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