spin·​to ˈspēn-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce spinto (audio)
plural spintos
: a singing voice having both lyric and dramatic qualities
spinto adjective

Word History


Italian, literally, pushed, from past participle of spingere to push, from Vulgar Latin *expingere, from Latin ex- + pangere to fasten — more at pact

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spinto was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Spinto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinto. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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