rubati

rubato

[roo-bah-toh; Italian roo-bah-taw] Music.
adjective
1.
having certain notes arbitrarily lengthened while others are correspondingly shortened, or vice versa.
noun, plural rubatos, rubati [roo-bah-tee; Italian roo-bah-tee] .
2.
a rubato phrase or passage.
3.
a rubato performance.
adverb
4.
in a rubato manner.

Origin:
1880–85; < Italian (tempo) rubato stolen (time), past participle of rubare to steal < Germanic; see rob

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rubato (ruːˈbɑːtəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos
1.  flexibility of tempo in performance
 
adj, —adv
2.  to be played with a flexible tempo
 
[C19: from the Italian phrase tempo rubato, literally: stolen time, from rubare to rob]

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