stretto

noun

stret·​to ˈstre-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce stretto (audio)
variants or less commonly stretta
plural stretti ˈstre-(ˌ)tē How to pronounce stretto (audio) or strettos
1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With his gestures, Widmann underscored Mozart checking off various contrapuntal tricks, inverting his subject and layering its entrances closely in stretto. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stretto was circa 1740

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Cite this Entry

“Stretto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stretto. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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