alternativo

noun
al·​ter·​na·​ti·​vo | \ (ˌ)äl-ˌter-nə-ˈtē-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce alternativo (audio) \

Definition of alternativo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a musical middle section (such as a trio) that is followed by a repetition of the preceding section especially in an 18th-century dance movement (such as a minuet)

alternativo

adverb
al·​ter·​na·​ti·​vo | \ (ˌ)äl-ˌter-nə-ˈtē-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce alternativo (audio) \

Definition of alternativo (Entry 2 of 2)

: alternately used as a direction in music to repeat a movement's first section (such as a minuet) following its second section (such as a trio)

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First Known Use of alternativo

Noun

circa 1887, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alternativo

Noun

Italian, alternative, from Medieval Latin alternativus

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The first known use of alternativo was circa 1823

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“Alternativo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alternativo. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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