sciol·​to | \ ˈshȯl(ˌ)tō \

Definition of sciolto

1 : with freedom and without strictness used as a direction in music
2 : with detachment and without legato in musical performance

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History and Etymology for sciolto

Italian (past participle of sciogliere to loosen), from Latin exsolutus, past participle of exsolvere to loosen, untie release

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“Sciolto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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