Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb & adjective In a slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than andante but faster than larghetto. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • noun Music A slow passage, movement, or work, especially one using adagio as the direction.
  • noun A section of a pas de deux in which the ballerina and her partner perform steps requiring lyricism and great skill in lifting, balancing, and turning.
  • noun A succession of slow, fluid movements performed as an exercise in ballet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In music:
  • Slow; slowly, leisurely, and with grace. When repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the performance to be very slow.
  • Slow: as, an adagio movement.
  • noun A slow movement; also, a piece of music or part of a composition characterized by slow movement.
  • Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding other terms, as: adagio assai or molto, very slow; adagio non troppo, slow, but not too much so; adagio cantabile or sostenuto, slow, with a flowing or sustained movement; adagio patetico, slow and with pathos; adagio pesante, slow, with heavy accents; adagio religioso, slow and in the church style; etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A piece of music in adagio time; a slow movement.
  • (Mus.) Slow; slowly, leisurely, and gracefully. When repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the movement to be very slow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played rather slowly, leisurely and gracefully.
  • noun music A passage having this mark.
  • noun dance A male-female duet or mixed trio ballet displaying demanding balance, spins and/or lifts.
  • adverb music Played rather slowly.
  • adjective music Describing a passage having this mark.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb slowly
  • adjective (of tempo) leisurely
  • noun (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully)
  • noun a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers

Etymologies

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

[Italian : ad-, at (from Latin; see ad–) + agio, ease (from Old Provençal aize; akin to Old French aise; see ease).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Borrowing from Italian adagio.

Examples

  • I love Mahler but the adagio from the 5th symphony is used ad nauseum and sentimentally, almost in a Max Steiner Warner.

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  • (Soundbite of "Adagio for Strings) SIMON: The adagio is the second movement of Samuel Barber's" String Quartet, "the rest of that work having receded almost behind the power of the adagio.

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  • (Soundbite of "Adagio for Strings) SIMON: The adagio is the second movement of Samuel Barber's" String Quartet, "the rest of that work having receded almost behind the power of the adagio.

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  • : All-Parish Spelling Bee winner correctly spells 'adagio'

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  • At the heart of the symphony, structurally and emotionally, is the adagio, the wordless love scene, conceived for orchestra alone.

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  • El conegut adagio del authority moviment de la sonata fourteen de L. Beethoven, coneguda com Clar de Lluna (Mondschein), interpretat per Alfred Brendel;

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  • Although the Symphony lacks the striking originality of future masterpieces like "Fratres" (1977) or "Tabula Rasa" (1977), the adagio-like second movement, with its dark, anguished outbursts in the low strings, points the way.

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  • El conegut adagio del authority moviment de la sonata fourteen de L. Beethoven, coneguda com Clar de Lluna (Mondschein), interpretat per Alfred Brendel;

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  • I'm a get-a-cutting-from-the-neighbor kinda girl so, for me to go out and buy a big, new crossvine (bignonia capreolata) AND a big grassy thing called miscanthus adagio, well, you know I'm celebrating for sure.

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  • I'm a get-a-cutting-from-the-neighbor kinda girl so, for me to go out and buy a big, new crossvine (bignonia capreolata) AND a big grassy thing called miscanthus adagio, well, you know I'm celebrating for sure.

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