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presto

interjection pres·to \ ˈpre-(ˌ)stō \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of presto

used to indicate the sudden appearance or occurrence of something often as if by magic

Origin and Etymology of presto

Italian, quick, quickly, from Latin praestus ready, from praesto adverb, on hand; akin to Latin prae before — more at for


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presto

adverb or adjective

Definition of presto

1 :suddenly as if by magic :immediately
2 :at a rapid tempo used as a direction in music

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First Known Use of presto

1644


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presto

noun

Definition of presto

plural prestos
:a presto musical passage or movement

Recent Examples of presto from the Web

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First Known Use of presto

1801


PRESTO Defined for English Language Learners

presto

interjection

Definition of presto for English Language Learners

  • : suddenly as if by magic


PRESTO Defined for Kids

presto

adverb or adjective pres·to \ ˈpre-stō \

Definition of presto for Students

:suddenly as if by magic
  • You called and presto, we're here.


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