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sostenuto

adjective or adverb so·ste·nu·to \ ˌsō-stə-ˈnü-(ˌ)tō , ˌsȯ- \

Definition of sostenuto

: sustained to or beyond the note's full value used as a direction in music

Origin and Etymology of sostenuto

Italian, from past participle of sostenere to sustain, from Latin sustinēre


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sostenuto

noun

Definition of sostenuto

plural sostenutos
: a movement or passage whose notes are markedly prolonged

First Known Use of sostenuto

1757


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