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adagio

[uh-dah-joh, -zhee-oh; Italian ah-dah-jaw] /əˈdɑ dʒoʊ, -ʒiˌoʊ; Italian ɑˈdɑ dʒɔ/
adverb
1.
Music. in a leisurely manner; slowly.
adjective
2.
Music. slow.
noun, plural adagios.
3.
Music. an adagio movement or piece.
4.
Dance.
  1. a sequence of well-controlled, graceful movements performed as a display of skill.
  2. a duet by a man and a woman or mixed trio emphasizing difficult technical feats.
  3. (especially in ballet) a love-duet sequence in a pas de deux.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < Italian, for ad agio at ease; agio < Old Provençal ais or Old French aise (see ease)
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British Dictionary definitions for adagio

adagio

/əˈdɑːdʒɪˌəʊ; Italian aˈdadʒo/
adjective, adverb
1.
(to be performed) slowly
noun (pl) -gios
2.
a movement or piece to be performed slowly
3.
(ballet) a slow section of a pas de deux
Word Origin
C18: Italian, from ad at + agio ease
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Word Origin and History for adagio
adv.

c.1746, "slowly, leisurely," Italian, from ad agio, from ad "to, at" (see ad-) + agio "leisure," from Vulgar Latin adjacens, present participle of adjacere "to lie at, to lie near" (cf. adjacent). In musical sense of "a slow movement" (n.), first attested 1784.

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adagio in Culture
adagio [(uh-dah-joh, uh-dah-zhee-oh)]

A very slow musical tempo.

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