adverb or adjective
an·​dan·​te | \ än-ˈdän-(ˌ)tā How to pronounce andante (audio) , -ˈdän-tē; an-ˈdan-tē \

Definition of andante

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: moderately slow usually used as a direction in music



Definition of andante (Entry 2 of 2)

: a musical composition or movement in andante tempo

Examples of andante in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So, for this writer, the plat du jour of the Double Concerto is its second movement, the andante. Lauren Warnecke,, "CSO review: Tucked among Beethoven celebrations, Muti offers a peek at successors Wagner, Brahms and Schumann," 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,, "Kavakos offers impeccable Shostakovich with CSO, but gutsy passion in short supply," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of andante

Adverb or adjective

1714, in the meaning defined above


1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for andante

Adverb or adjective

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

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The first known use of andante was in 1714

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“Andante.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of andante

: a musical composition or a part of a musical composition that is played somewhat slowly

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