adverb or adjective

pres·​tis·​si·​mo pre-ˈsti-sə-ˌmō How to pronounce prestissimo (audio)
: faster than presto
used as a direction in music

Word History


Italian, from presto + -issimo, suffix denoting a high degree

First Known Use

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prestissimo was circa 1724

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Cite this Entry

“Prestissimo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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