adagio

adagio

[uh-dah-joh, -zhee-oh; Italian ah-dah-jaw]
adverb
1.
Music. in a leisurely manner; slowly.
adjective
2.
Music. slow.
noun, plural adagios.
3.
Music. an adagio movement or piece.
4.
Dance.
a.
a sequence of well-controlled, graceful movements performed as a display of skill.
b.
a duet by a man and a woman or mixed trio emphasizing difficult technical feats.
c.
(especially in ballet) a love-duet sequence in a pas de deux.

Origin:
1740–50; < Italian, for ad agio at ease; agio < Old Provençal ais or Old French aise (see ease)

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adagio (əˈdɑːdʒɪˌəʊ, Italian aˈdadʒo)
 
adj, —adv
1.  (to be performed) slowly
 
n , -gios
2.  a movement or piece to be performed slowly
3.  ballet a slow section of a pas de deux
 
[C18: Italian, from ad at + agio ease]

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adagio
c.1746 (adv.) "slowly, leisurely," from It., from ad- "to, at" + agio "leisure," from V.L. adjacens, prp. of adjacere "to lie at, to lie near" (cf. ease, adjacent). In musical sense of "a slow movement" (n.), first attested 1784.
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adagio [(uh-dah-joh, uh-dah-zhee-oh)]

A very slow musical tempo.

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