Definition of allentando
: in a manner becoming relaxed in tempo —used as a direction in music
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Origin and Etymology of allentando
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 — more at lithe
First Known Use: circa 1841
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