al·​le·​gro | \ ə-ˈle-(ˌ)grō How to pronounce allegro (audio) , -ˈlā- How to pronounce allegro (audio) \
plural allegros

Definition of allegro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a musical composition or movement in allegro tempo


adverb or adjective

Definition of allegro (Entry 2 of 2)

: at a brisk lively tempo used as a direction in music

Examples of allegro in a Sentence

Noun The symphony's first movement is an allegro.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Surely that means just a little slower than the main allegro. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 In second gear, his singing V-8 seems to jump tempo, allegro to presto. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 29 May 2020 In late May 1784, in a Viennese shop, Mozart heard a starling singing a motif strikingly similar to the allegro movement of his Piano Concerto No. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2020 The third and final movement is another sonata-allegro form, which incorporates quotations from the first and second movements. Jessica Rudman,, 7 Dec. 2019 Fielding a request to do a spontaneous piece, Wheaton starts with an up-tempo, plinking line of notes, adds a brisk allegro melody that plays in syncopation against it, and finally pipes in a series of cascading arpeggios. Rand Richards Cooper,, 15 Nov. 2019 Whether the music is adagio or allegro, this dance is always pedal to the metal — the dancers running, spinning, one leaping headlong into the others’ arms, another rolling across the stage as the others jump over her. Brian Seibert, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2019 At each stage of class—the barre exercises, the serene adagio movements, and allegro jumps from petit to grande—there’s a code, a recipe, literal steps to doing things well. Matt Ortile, SELF, 16 Aug. 2018 Capping the extended allegro giusto finale, Mr. Morris reverses the configuration. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of allegro


1683, in the meaning defined above

Adverb or adjective

circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allegro

Adverb or adjective

Italian, merry, from Vulgar Latin *alecrus lively, alteration of Latin alacr-, alacer

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“Allegro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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