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Definition of adagio

What is the definition of "adagio"?
  • a•da•gioadverb
  • 1. Music In a slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than andante but faster than larghetto. Used chiefly as a direction.


  • a•da•gionoun
  • 1. Music A slow passage, movement, or work, especially one using adagio as the direction.
    2. A section of a pas de deux in which the ballerina and her partner perform steps requiring lyricism and great skill in lifting, balancing, and turning.


Use "adagio" in a sentence
  • "I love Mahler but the adagio from the 5th symphony is used ad nauseum and sentimentally, almost in a Max Steiner Warner."

    "(Soundbite of "Adagio for Strings) SIMON: The adagio is the second movement of Samuel Barber's" String Quartet, "the rest of that work having receded almost behind the power of the adagio."

    ": All-Parish Spelling Bee winner correctly spells 'adagio'"

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