an·​i·​ma·​to | \ˌä-nə-ˈmä-(ˌ)tō, ˌa-\

Definition of animato 

: with animation used as a direction in music

First Known Use of animato

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for animato

Italian, from Latin animatus

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The first known use of animato was circa 1724

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