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 (ăl′ĭ-grĕt′ō, ä′lĭ-) Music
adv. & adj.
In a moderately quick tempo, usually considered to be slightly slower than allegro but faster than andante. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. al·le·gret·tos
An allegretto passage or movement.

[Italian, diminutive of allegro, allegro; see allegro.]


(ˌælɪˈɡrɛtəʊ) music
adj, adv
(Classical Music) (to be performed) fairly quickly or briskly
n, pl -tos
(Classical Music) a piece or passage to be performed in this manner
[C19: diminutive of allegro]


(ˌæl ɪˈgrɛt oʊ)

adj., adv., n., pl. -tos. Music. adj., adv.
1. light, graceful, and moderately fast in tempo.
2. an allegretto movement.
[1730–40; < Italian, =allegr(o) allegro + -etto -et]


moderately fast
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.allegretto - a quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegroallegretto - a quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
pacing, tempo - (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played
2.allegretto - a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
musical composition, opus, piece of music, composition, piece - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
Adj.1.allegretto - (of tempo) faster than allegroallegretto - (of tempo) faster than allegro  
fast - at a rapid tempo; "the band played a fast fox trot"
Adv.1.allegretto - in a moderately quick tempoallegretto - in a moderately quick tempo; "play this more allegretto"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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