stretto

noun
stret·​to | \ ˈstre-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce stretto (audio) \
variants: or less commonly stretta \ ˈstre-​tə How to pronounce stretta (audio) \
plural stretti\ ˈstre-​(ˌ)tē How to pronounce stretti (audio) \ or strettos

Definition of stretto

1a : the overlapping of answer with subject in a musical fugue
b : the part of a fugue characterized by this overlapping
2 : a concluding passage performed in a quicker tempo

First Known Use of stretto

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stretto

stretto from Italian, from stretto narrow, close, from Latin strictus, past participle; stretta from Italian, from feminine of stretto — more at strict

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The first known use of stretto was circa 1740

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