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Definition of "presto" [pres•to]

  • Music In a very fast tempo, usually considered to be faster than allegro but slower than prestissimo. Used chiefly as a direction. (adverb)
  • So suddenly that magic seems involved; right away. (adverb)
  • Music A passage or movement that is performed presto. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "presto" in a sentence
  • "'presto' is Italian and presumably others of the 'wordish' words listed above are valid words"
  • "Or, sometimes, as reported to me by several field missionaries, they report on some excellent Bible study groups they have started, and "presto" - several new churches are born and wind up being reported by their supervisors on the Annual Statistical Report."
  • "Obama can just clap his hands and "presto" -- election lost."