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[si-kon-doh, -kohn-; Italian se-kawn-daw] /sɪˈkɒn doʊ, -ˈkoʊn-; Italian sɛˈkɔn dɔ/
noun, plural secondi
[si-kon-dee, -kohn-; Italian se-kawn-dee] /sɪˈkɒn di, -ˈkoʊn-; Italian sɛˈkɔn di/ (Show IPA).
the second or lower part in a duet, especially in a piano duet.
the performer playing this part.
Origin of secondo
1840-50; < Italian; see second1 Unabridged
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  • She had no second string to her bow, no secondo, no terzo, no patito.

    Massimilla Doni Honore de Balzac
  • secondo, the Sphinx is a woman as well as a winged lion, but the Rajput Sinhas never had anything effeminate in their characters.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • Its arrangement for four hands, however, is excellently done, with commendable attention to the interests of the secondo player.

  • He himself was, naturally, primo tenore, being assisted by the younger Crivelli as the secondo.

    Garcia the Centenarian And His Times M. Sterling Mackinlay
British Dictionary definitions for secondo


noun (pl) -di (-diː)
the left-hand part in a piano duet Compare primo
Word Origin
Italian: second1
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