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: in a manner becoming relaxed in tempo
—used as a direction in music
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circa 1841, in the meaning defined above
Italian, making slack, making slow, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin allentandum, gerund of (assumed) Vulgar Latin allentare to make slack, make slow, from Latin ad- + lentare to bend, prolong, from lentus flexible, slow, sluggish
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