Definition of "rubato" [‖Ru•ba•to]

  • (noun) Rhythmic flexibility within a phrase or measure; a relaxation of strict time.
  • (adjective) Containing or characterized by rubato.

Use "rubato" in a sentence

  • "Minute adjustments in just the right places (aka rubato) can make the music broaden out or seem hurried, or languid ... it's the power to create emotion in time."
  • "I love the word "rubato," which means you can mess around with the time as needed."
  • "I love it that the word "rubato," from the Italian, means, literally, "robbed.""

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