mo·der·a·to | \ˌmä-də-ˈrä-(ˌ)tō \

Definition of moderato 

: moderate used as a direction in music to indicate tempo

First Known Use of moderato

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moderato

Italian, from Latin moderatus

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