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 In second gear, his singing V-8 seems to jump tempo, allegro to presto. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 GMC Syclone vs. Ferrari 348ts," 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, "Letter of Recommendation: Starlings," 11 Feb. 2020 The third and final movement is another sonata-allegro form, which incorporates quotations from the first and second movements. Jessica Rudman,, "Review: Guest conductor, teen prodigy pianist shine in HSO’s ‘Chopin and Franck’ program," 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,, "In Our Midst: Gabriel Wheaton’s classical, contemporary, opulent and wildly eclectic one-man band," 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, "Black Grace, a dance company from New Zealand," 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, "Whenever My Life Feels Out of Control, I Go to Ballet Class," 16 Aug. 2018 Capping the extended allegro giusto finale, Mr. Morris reverses the configuration. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Troupe From Florida and a Piscine World Premiere," 15 Aug. 2018 The first movement is a dramatic sonata-allegro form, and Kuan’s deft handling of the many tempo changes enhanced the sense of sense of inevitable progression built into the music. Jessica Rudman,, "HSO Plays A Superb Shostakovich Program To Two Standing Ovations," 5 May 2018

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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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The first known use of allegro was in 1683

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“Allegro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of allegro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of music that is played or performed in a quick and lively way



English Language Learners Definition of allegro (Entry 2 of 2)

music : in a quick and lively way

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