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allegretto

[al-i-gret-oh; Italian ahl-le-gret-taw] /ˌæl ɪˈgrɛt oʊ; Italian ˌɑl lɛˈgrɛt tɔ/
adjective, adverb
1.
light, graceful, and moderately fast in tempo.
noun, plural allegrettos.
2.
an allegretto movement.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; < Italian, equivalent to allegr(o) allegro + -etto -et
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British Dictionary definitions for allegretto

allegretto

/ˌælɪˈɡrɛtəʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(to be performed) fairly quickly or briskly
noun (pl) -tos
2.
a piece or passage to be performed in this manner
Word Origin
C19: diminutive of allegro
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Word Origin and History for allegretto

1740, from Italian allegretto, diminutive of allegro (q.v.).

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