adverb or adjective

len·​to ˈlen-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce lento (audio)
: at a slow tempo
used especially as a direction in music

Word History


Italian, from lento, adjective, slow, from Latin lentus pliant, sluggish, slow — more at lithe

First Known Use

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lento was circa 1724

Dictionary Entries Near lento

Cite this Entry

“Lento.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lento. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
len·​to ˈlen-ˌtō How to pronounce lento (audio)
: in a slow manner
used as a direction in music
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