adjective (or adverb)

: diminishing in loudness and sometimes tempo
used as a direction in music

Word History


Italian, from Latin calandum, gerund of calare to slacken, let down, from Greek chalan; perhaps akin to Sanskrit jahāti he leaves, abandons

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“Calando.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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