andante

1 of 2

adverb or adjective

an·​dan·​te än-ˈdän-(ˌ)tā How to pronounce andante (audio)
-ˈdän-tē;
an-ˈdan-tē
: moderately slow
usually used as a direction in music

andante

2 of 2

noun

: a musical composition or movement in andante tempo

Examples of andante in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb or adjective
The movement’s main tempo felt more andante than the marked allegro. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2023
Noun
So, for this writer, the plat du jour of the Double Concerto is its second movement, the andante. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 10 Nov. 2019 The encore was the andante from Bach’s solo Sonata No. 2, played with the utmost beauty and simplicity. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, 9 Mar. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb or adjective

Italian, literally, going, present participle of andare to go

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

1714, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1752, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of andante was in 1714

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Cite this Entry

“Andante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/andante. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

andante

1 of 2 adverb or adjective
an·​dan·​te än-ˈdän-ˌtā How to pronounce andante (audio)
an-ˈdant-ē
: slow but not too slow
used as a direction in music

andante

2 of 2 noun
: a musical piece or movement in andante tempo
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