from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a smooth, even style without any noticeable break between the notes. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. A legato passage or movement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Smoothly, in a connected manner.
- n. A slur curve above or below a passage of notes indicating that they should be played in a legato manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Connected; tied; -- a term used when successive tones are to be produced in a closely connected, smoothly gliding manner. It is often indicated by a tie, thus �, �, or �, �, written over or under the notes to be so performed; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, in a smooth, connected manner, without breaks or pauses between successive tones: opposed to staccato.
- n. A smooth, connected manner of performance, or a passage so performed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected
- adv. connecting the notes; in music
Italian, past participle of legare, to bind, tie together, from Latin ligāre; see leig- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Italian legato, past participle of legare ("to tie up, tie together, to bind"), learned borrowing from Latin ligō ("tie, bind"). (Wiktionary)