from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music To be sung in a style suggestive of speech. Used chiefly as a direction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of music to be sung or played in the style of a recitative.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Speaking; in a speaking or declamatory manner; to be sung or played in the style of a recitative.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, noting a passage or a style of singing in which there is some approach to declamation or recitative, involving specially careful enunciation.
Italian, present participle of parlare, to speak, from Vulgar Latin *paraulāre; see parley.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian parlando ("saying") (Wiktionary)