Definitions

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

  • adverb & adjective In a quick, lively tempo, usually considered to be faster than allegretto but slower than presto. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • noun An allegro passage or movement.
  • noun A succession of fast jumps performed as an exercise in ballet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In music, brisk or rapid.
  • noun A brisk movement; a sprightly part or strain, the quickest except presto.
  • Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding other terms: as, allegro agitato, quick and with agitation; allegro assai, very quick; allegro con brio or con fuoco, quick and with spirit or intensity; allegro con moto or allegro molto, with decided quickness; allegro vivace, quick and with vivacity; allegro giusto, quick, but with steady, even movement; allegro moderato, moderately quick; allegro ma non troppo, quick, but not excessively so.

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

  • adjective (Mus.) Brisk, lively.

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

  • noun music A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a quick, lively tempo, faster than allegretto but slower than presto
  • noun music In more traditional use, an expressive marking indicating lively or happily, not necessarily quick or fast.
  • noun music A passage having this mark
  • adverb music played in a quick, lively tempo
  • adjective music describing a passage having this mark

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

  • noun a brisk and lively tempo
  • adverb in a quick and lively tempo
  • adjective (of tempo) fast
  • noun a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner

Etymologies

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

[Italian, from Latin alacer, lively.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Italian allegro.

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