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

  • adv. Music In a simple or plain manner. Used chiefly as a direction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, simple; unaffected: noting passages to be rendered without embellishments or rhythmic liberties.

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin simplex, simplic-, simple; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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