Definitions

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

  • noun The second part in a concert piece, especially the lower part in a piano duet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Second: used of instruments or their parts in an orchestra: as, violino secondo, second violin.
  • noun In music, the second performer or lower part in a duet, especially a pianoforte duet: opposed to primo. Also second.

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

  • noun (Mus.) The second part in a concerted piece.

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

  • noun the second or lower part of a duet (especially a piano duet)

Etymologies

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

[Italian, from Latin secundus, second, following; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

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  • For secondo, you will find a wide range of selections, including lamb, veal, wild boar, duck and pigeon.

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  • The Spanish-born CEO, who moved to Germany at age 6 with his family and arrived here in 2002, laughingly calls himself "a secondo," meaning second-generation foreigners.

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  • Some comprimario and secondo roles were doubled up: Vladimir Hristov was both a George Clooney-suave Marchese d'Obigny and a bland Dr. Grenvil; Giorgio Dinev, previously seen enjoyably blustering as Tosca's Spoletta, doddered formulaically as Violetta's servant, but had mischevious sparkle as Gastone — having introduced his friend Alfredo to Violetta, he worked the room, pointing out his handiwork to the other guests, a proud yenta.

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  • Some comprimario and secondo roles were doubled up: Vladimir Hristov was both a George Clooney-suave Marchese d'Obigny and a bland Dr. Grenvil; Giorgio Dinev, previously seen enjoyably blustering as Tosca's Spoletta, doddered formulaically as Violetta's servant, but had mischevious sparkle as Gastone — having introduced his friend Alfredo to Violetta, he worked the room, pointing out his handiwork to the other guests, a proud yenta.

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  • Most restaurants are well aware of this, and unless you are in the remoter parts of rural Italy, will happily humour your request for pasta as main, or antipasti switching straight to the ‘secondo’ (missing out il primo, traditionally pasta or risotto).

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