Definition of maestoso in English:

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Pronunciation: /mīˈstōsō/ Pronunciation: /ˌmīe-/ Pronunciation: /-ˈstōzō/

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) in a majestic manner.
Example sentences
  • The song morphs into another idea of maestoso chords, which gradually peters out to a quiet finish.
  • His composure shifted from weightless glee, to a rougher, maestoso tone of scorn.
  • I thought there was nothing maestoso about the first movement.

noun (plural maestosos)

A movement or passage marked to be performed in a majestic manner.
Example sentences
  • Moderato e maestoso, the fourth movement, sent me back into the cool night with delight of the highest order.
  • Andante maestoso was not an overblown anticlimax but the real apotheosis of Tchaikovsky's musical argument.
  • The opening Allegro maestoso is winningly done whilst the lovely Andante semplice also contains much that is beautiful and simple at the same time.


Italian, 'majestic', based on Latin majestas 'majesty'.

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Syllabification: ma·es·to·so

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