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legato

[luh-gah-toh; Italian le-gah-taw] /ləˈgɑ toʊ; Italian lɛˈgɑ tɔ/
adjective, adverb, Music.
1.
smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.
Compare staccato.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Italian, past participle of legare < Latin ligāre to bind
Related forms
nonlegato, adjective
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legato

/lɪˈɡɑːtəʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
to be performed smoothly and connectedly
noun (pl) -tos
2.
  1. a style of playing in which no perceptible gaps are left between notes
  2. (as modifier): a legato passage
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, literally: bound
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Word Origin and History for non legato

legato

1811, from Italian legato, literally "bound," past participle of legare, from Latin ligare (see ligament). Of music to be played smoothly, without intervals.

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