adverb or adjective

mo·​der·​a·​to ˌmä-də-ˈrä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce moderato (audio)
: moderate
used as a direction in music to indicate tempo

Word History


Italian, from Latin moderatus

First Known Use

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moderato was circa 1724

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“Moderato.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
mo·​der·​a·​to ˌmäd-ə-ˈrät-ō How to pronounce moderato (audio)
: at a moderate tempo
used as a direction in music

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