so·​ste·​nen·​te | \ ¦sō-stə-¦nen-tē, -(ˌ)tā \
variants: or sostinente
plural sostenentes or sostinentes

Definition of sostenente

1 : a device on a piano for attaining a sostenuto effect

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First Known Use of sostenente

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for sostenente

sostenente alteration of sostinente; sostinente short for sostinente pianoforte

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“Sostenente.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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