adverb or adjective

ral·​len·​tan·​do ˌrä-lən-ˈtän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce rallentando (audio)

Word History


Italian, literally, slowing down, verbal of rallentare to slow down again, from re- + allentare to slow down, from Late Latin, from Latin al- ad- + lentus slow, pliant — more at lithe

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rallentando was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Rallentando.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rallentando. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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