allentando

adverb (or adjective)

al·​len·​tan·​do
¦älə̇n¦tän(ˌ)dō,
¦al-,
¦alə̇n¦ta-
: in a manner becoming relaxed in tempo
used as a direction in music

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of allentando was circa 1841

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“Allentando.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allentando. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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