rubato

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noun ru·ba·to \rü-ˈbä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of rubato

plural

rubatos

  1. :  a fluctuation of tempo within a musical phrase often against a rhythmically steady accompaniment

Origin and Etymology of rubato

Italian, literally, robbed


First Known Use: circa 1883


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