allegretto

allegretto

[al-i-gret-oh; Italian ahl-le-gret-taw] Music.
adjective, adverb
1.
light, graceful, and moderately fast in tempo.
noun, plural allegrettos.
2.
an allegretto movement.

Origin:
1730–40; < Italian, equivalent to allegr(o) allegro + -etto -et

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allegretto (ˌælɪˈɡrɛtəʊ)
 
adj, —adv
1.  (to be performed) fairly quickly or briskly
 
n , -tos
2.  a piece or passage to be performed in this manner
 
[C19: diminutive of allegro]

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allegretto
1740, from It., dim. of allegro (q.v.).
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