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presto

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interjection pres·to \ˈpres-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of presto

  1. —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


First Known Use: circa 1599


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presto

adverb or adjective pres·to

Definition of presto

  1. 1 :  suddenly as if by magic :  immediately

  2. 2 :  at a rapid tempo —used as a direction in music

1644

First Known Use of presto

1644


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presto

noun pres·to

Definition of presto

plural

prestos

  1. :  a presto musical passage or movement

1801

First Known Use of presto

1801


PRESTO Defined for English Language Learners

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presto

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interjection pres·to \ˈpres-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of presto for English Language Learners

  • : suddenly as if by magic


PRESTO Defined for Kids

presto

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adverb or adjective pres·to \ˈpre-stō\

Definition of presto for Students

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



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