ritardando

adverb or adjective
ri·​tar·​dan·​do | \ ri-ˌtär-ˈdän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce ritardando (audio) , ˌrē- \

Definition of ritardando

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: with a gradual slackening in tempo used as a direction in music

ritardando

noun
plural ritardandos

Definition of ritardando (Entry 2 of 2)

: a ritardando passage

First Known Use of ritardando

Adverb or adjective

1806, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ritardando

Adverb or adjective

Italian, from Latin retardandum, gerund of retardare to retard

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ritardando

Time Traveler for ritardando

Time Traveler

The first known use of ritardando was in 1806

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ritardando

Cite this Entry

“Ritardando.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritardando. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

Comments on ritardando

What made you want to look up ritardando? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!