fu·​ga·​to | \ füˈgät(ˌ)ō \

Definition of fugato

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the texture (see texture entry 1 sense 4c)of a musical fugue (see fugue entry 1 sense 1b) the brief fugato section before the end


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plural fugatos

Definition of fugato (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short musical passage in fugal style also : a piece in fugal texture (see texture entry 1 sense 4c) that lacks some usual features of a fugue (see fugue entry 1 sense 1b)

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First Known Use of fugato

Adverb (or adjective)

1829, in the meaning defined above


1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fugato

Adverb (or adjective)

Italian, from past participle of fugare to compose as a fugue, from fuga fugue


Italian, from past participle of fugare to compose as a fugue

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“Fugato.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fugato. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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