Definitions

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

  • adv. In a moderately quick tempo, usually considered to be slightly slower than allegro but faster than andante. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • n. An allegretto passage or movement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. A direction in musical notation indicating that the musical piece should be played rather fast and lively.
  • n. A movement in this time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Quicker than andante, but not so quick as allegro.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, quicker in time than andante, but not so quick as allegro.
  • n. A movement in such time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of tempo) faster than allegro
  • adv. in a moderately quick tempo
  • n. a quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
  • n. a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro

Etymologies

Italian, diminutive of allegro, allegro; see allegro.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Italian allegretto, diminutive form of allegro. (Wiktionary)

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