assai(redirected from assais)
Very. Used in tempo directions: allegro assai.
[Italian, from Vulgar Latin *ad satis, to sufficiency; see asset.]
(Music, other) music (usually preceded by a musical direction) very: allegro assai.
1. (Plants) any of several Brazilian palm trees of the genus Euterpe, esp E. edulis, that have small dark purple fleshy edible fruit
2. (Cookery) a beverage made from the fruit of this tree
[via Brazilian Portuguese from Tupi]
very: allegro assai (very quick).
[1715–25; < Italian: literally, enough « Latin ad (up) to + satis enough. See asset]