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ritardando

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adverb or adjective ri·tar·dan·do \ ri-ˌtär-ˈdän-(ˌ)dō , ˌrē- \

Definition of ritardando

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

Origin and Etymology of ritardando

Italian, from Latin retardandum, gerund of retardare to retard


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ritardando

noun

Definition of ritardando

plural ritardandos
:a ritardando passage

First Known Use of ritardando

1838


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