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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Music In the tempo originally designated; resuming the initial tempo of a section or movement after a specified deviation from it. Used chiefly as a direction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Various qualifying terms are often added: as, a tempo commotio or ordinario, at any conveuient or ordinary pace: a tempo rubato (see rubato).
  • n. In music, a direction, after any change of movement, as by acceleration or retardation, that the original time be restored.

Etymologies

Italian : a, in + tempo, time.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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