from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music In a mournful or plaintive manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. plaintively; pathetically
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Plaintive; pathetic; -- used adverbially as a musical direction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, noting a soft and pathetic manner.
Italian, from Latin dolōrōsus, dolorous; see dolorous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)