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

  • adv. Music In the same manner throughout. Used chiefly as a direction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. always, still

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Always; throughout.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, in the same style throughout; similarly: used with some other direction, to prevent this from being forgotten, or its force suspended: as, sempre piano, softly throughout. Compare simile.


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



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