Definition of a tempo in English:

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a tempo

Pronunciation: /ˌä ˈtempō/


(Especially as a direction) in the previous or original tempo.
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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Syllabification: a tem·po

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