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prestissimo Syllabification: pres·tis·si·mo
Pronunciation: /preˈstisəˌmō/

Definition of prestissimo in English:

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) in a very quick tempo.
Example sentences
  • At 13:50, her version is almost three minutes slower than Krysa's and because of that, the piece breathes easily between the prestissimo flights of fancy.
  • The wood in the half-light waking at daybreak to the belling of stags that bursts into barks; the wood doubled over the prestissimo riffs, the wood enjoying the sea's sport.

noun (plural prestissimos)

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A movement or passage marked to be performed in a very quick tempo.
Example sentences
  • The short prestissimo lasts just over two minutes and is an intriguing option instead of a full-blown Scherzo.
  • The unravelling has run faster than prestissimo.


Italian, superlative of presto 'quick, quickly' (see presto).

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