andante

andante

[ahn-dahn-tey, an-dan-tee; Italian ahn-dahn-te] Music.
adjective, adverb
1.
moderately slow and even.
noun, plural andantes.
2.
an andante movement or piece.

Origin:
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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andante (ænˈdænteɪ)
 
adj, —adv
1.  (to be performed) at a moderately slow tempo
 
n
2.  a passage or piece to be performed in this manner
 
[C18: Italian: going, from andare to go, from Latin ambulāre to walk]

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andante
musical direction, "moderately slow," 1742, from It., prp. of andare "to go," from V.L. ambitare (cf. Sp. andar "to go"), from L. ambitus, pp. of ambire (see ambient).
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