Definitions

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

  • adverb Music In a very fast tempo, usually considered to be faster than allegro but slower than prestissimo. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • adverb So suddenly that magic seems involved; right away.
  • noun A passage or movement that is performed presto.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Quickly; immediately; in haste.
  • In music, quick; in rapid tempo.
  • noun In music, a passage in quick tempo.

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

  • adverb Quickly; immediately; in haste; suddenly.
  • adverb (Mus.) Quickly; rapidly; -- a direction for a quick, lively movement or performance; quicker than allegro, or any rate of time except prestissimo.

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

  • adverb music Very fast or quickly; a directive for the musician(s) to play in a very quick tempo.
  • interjection Used by magicians when performing a trick; ta-da; voilà.
  • noun poker slang A pair of fives as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em

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

  • adverb at a very fast tempo (faster than allegro)
  • adjective (of tempo) very fast
  • adverb suddenly

Etymologies

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

[Italian, from Late Latin praestus, quick, from Latin praestō, at hand; see ghes- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Italian presto ("quickly").

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