Definitions

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

  • adv. Music In a graceful, smooth manner. Used chiefly as a direction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. graceful; flowing.
  • adv. gracefully; flowingly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Gracefully; smoothly; elegantly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Graceful: in music, a word indicating a passage which is to be executed elegantly and gracefully. Also gratiosa.

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin grātiōsus, gracious, agreeable; see gracious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian grazi(a) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino) — Presto ma non assai — Tempo I (Wiener Philharmoniker/Bernstein).

    Last Fair Deal Gone Down

  • He marked the movement allegretto grazioso, ma non troppo presto, pero non troppo adagio, cosi-cosi, con molto garbo ed espressione.

    Italian: The Language That Sings

  • August 14, 2006 at 10:30 pm only the live socialists cast shadows? barista grazioso says:

    Fidelissimo Caption Contest

  • “Hey, Hugo, can you take it like a man?” barista grazioso says:

    Fidelissimo Caption Contest

  • The first forty-five and a half bars are for the orchestra, allegro moderato e grazioso.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • _Allegro ma grazioso_ -- an _allegro_ played in graceful style.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • _Andante grazioso_ -- moderately slow, and gracefully.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • But even more charming -- _più grazioso, _ the biographer calls it -- was the incident when he once asked a father whether he would give his son to Saint Pasquale.

    Old Calabria

  • Khalifah is a Fallah-grazioso of normal assurance shrewd withal; he blunders like an Irishman of the last generation and he uses the first epithet that comes to his tongue.

    Arabian nights. English

  • At one point in Lulu's career, the composer who is her latest conquest fondles her body and applies musical markings to its various sectors: her ankles, he says, should be played grazioso, her knees misterioso, her breasts cantabile, while a steady rhythmical andante conducts love towards its targeted climax.

    The Guardian World News

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