vo·​lan·​te vō-ˈlän-(ˌ)tā How to pronounce volante (audio)
: moving with light rapidity
used as a direction in music

Word History


Italian, literally, flying, from Latin volant-, volans, present participle

First Known Use

circa 1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of volante was circa 1854

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“Volante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volante. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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