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andante

[ahn-dahn-tey, an-dan-tee; Italian ahn-dahn-te] /ɑnˈdɑn teɪ, ænˈdæn ti; Italian ɑnˈdɑn tɛ/
adjective, adverb
1.
moderately slow and even.
noun, plural andantes.
2.
an andante movement or piece.
Origin
early Latin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Italian: literally, walking, present participle of andare to walk, go (see -ant); etymology disputed, but often alleged: < Vulgar Latin *ambitare, derivative of Latin ambitus circular motion, roundabout journey (see ambit); perhaps, alternatively, early Latin borrowing < Gaulish *andā-, akin to Latin pandere to spread (hence, stride); compare passus step, pace (action noun *pand-tu-), equivalent to Old Irish ēs footprint, track
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British Dictionary definitions for andante

andante

/ænˈdænteɪ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(to be performed) at a moderately slow tempo
noun
2.
a passage or piece to be performed in this manner
Word Origin
C18: Italian: going, from andare to go, from Latin ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for andante

musical direction, "moderately slow," 1742, from Italian andante, present participle of andare "to go," from Vulgar Latin ambitare (source of Spanish andar "to go"), from Latin ambitus, past participle of ambire "to go round, go about" (see ambient).

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