al·​len·​tan·​do | \ ¦älə̇n¦tän(ˌ)dō, ¦al-, ¦alə̇n¦ta- \

Definition of allentando

: in a manner becoming relaxed in tempo used as a direction in music

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First Known Use of allentando

circa 1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of allentando was circa 1841

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“Allentando.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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