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[lahr-get-oh] /lɑrˈgɛt oʊ/ Music.
adjective, adverb
somewhat slow; not so slow as largo, but usually slower than andante.
noun, plural larghettos.
a larghetto movement.
Origin of larghetto
1715-25; < Italian, diminutive of largo largo Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for larghetto
Historical Examples
  • The second movement, larghetto, requires a frequent change of measure.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
  • These effects readily are discoverable in the larghetto of the Potocka concerto.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • Because of its beauty and its association with Delphine, I would suggest that the pianolist begin with this larghetto.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • A composer writes a larghetto when he feels something like writing a largo but isn't, on the whole, quite up to it.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • The second or larghetto movement was also a success, but to a less degree.

    The Lion's Share E. Arnold Bennett
  • There is an example of the latter in Chopin's Sonata I (the larghetto movement).

  • The details of the larghetto must be studied (say, at the organ).

  • The alto then takes up a larghetto in six-eight time, key D minor.

  • I would particularly mention the larghetto, from the second Concerto, a piece full of poetic charm.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • In the larghetto one group occasionally interrupts the other, giving it piquancy.

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
British Dictionary definitions for larghetto


adjective, adverb
to be performed moderately slowly
noun (pl) -tos
a piece or passage to be performed in this way
Word Origin
Italian: diminutive of largo
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