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legato

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adverb or adjective le·ga·to \li-ˈgä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of legato

  1. :  in a manner that is smooth and connected (as between successive tones) —used especially as a direction in music

Origin and Etymology of legato

Italian, literally, tied


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legato

noun le·ga·to

Definition of legato

  1. :  a smooth and connected manner of performance (as of music); also :  a passage of music so performed

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First Known Use of legato

1740


LEGATO Defined for English Language Learners

legato

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adverb

Definition of legato for English Language Learners

  • music : in a manner that is smooth and flowing


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