Definition of "rubato" [‖Ru•ba•to]

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

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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.""