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Definition of "allegretto" []

  • In a moderately quick tempo, usually considered to be slightly slower than allegro but faster than andante. Used chiefly as a direction. (adverb)
  • An allegretto passage or movement. (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 "allegretto" in a sentence
  • "Swiftness and clarity aside, one distinguishing feature was the limited use of string vibrato, now common practice but here especially effective in the seventh's allegretto, the not very slow "slow" movement."
  • "The minuet, which is marked allegretto, has the spirit and sound of a scherzo and ought to be played like one."
  • "I then switch my mind to playing internally the allegretto movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony before saying anything."