variants or sostinente
plural sostenentes or sostinentes
: a device on a piano for attaining a sostenuto effect

Word History


sostenente alteration of sostinente; sostinente short for sostinente pianoforte

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of sostenente was in 1818

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“Sostenente.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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