Definition of a tempo in English:

a tempo

Syllabification: a tem·po
Pronunciation: /ä ˈtempō


  • (Especially as a direction) in the previous or original tempo.
    More example sentences
    • The third and fourth movements were taken at a rather quick tempo altogether, with the furtive cello melody at the beginning played a tempo each time.
    • These were played a tempo and quite speedily.
    • The second theme, introduced by the cellos, is played a tempo.


Italian, literally 'in time'.

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