ritenuto

ritenuto

[ree-tuh-noo-toh; Italian ree-te-noo-taw]
adverb, adjective
(of a passage in a musical score) immediately slower.

Origin:
1820–30; < Italian: literally, held back, past participle of ritenere; see retain

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ritenuto (ˌrɪtəˈnuːtəʊ)
 
adj, —adv
1.  held back momentarily
2.  another term for rallentando
 
[C19: from Italian, from past participle of ritenere, from Latin retinēre to hold back]

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