adverb (or adjective) ri·te·nen·te \ˌrētəˈnentē, -en‧(ˌ)tā\

Definition of ritenente

  1. :  ritardando —used as a direction in music

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Origin and Etymology of ritenente

Italian, from Latin retinent-, retinens, present participle of retinēre to hold back, detain, restrain, retain — more at retain

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