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adverb or adjective

al·​le·​gret·​to ˌa-lə-ˈgre-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce allegretto (audio)
: faster than andante but not so fast as allegro
used as a direction in music


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plural allegrettos
: a musical composition or movement in allegretto tempo

Examples of allegretto in a Sentence

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The aria-like allegretto offered an opportunity for Fejervari to show off his technique in layers with bass staccato notes popping against creamy treble thirds and lyrical lines. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2019 Urgently dramatic outer movements enclosed the caustic jollity of the allegretto and the anguished threnody of the largo. John Von Rhein,, 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,, 12 May 2017

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Word History


Adverb or adjective

Italian, diminutive of allegro

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

1710, in the meaning defined above


1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of allegretto was in 1710

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Cite this Entry

“Allegretto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


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