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

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The first known use of ritardando was in 1806

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“Ritardando.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritardando. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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