Definition of ritenuto in English:


Syllabification: ri·te·nu·to
Pronunciation: /ˌrētəˈno͞otō

adverb & adjective

  • (Especially as a direction) with an immediate reduction of tempo.
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    • What of the conductor who fails to execute adequately the rallentando or the ritenuto markings on his musical score?

noun (plural ritenutos or ritenuti /-tē/)

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  • An immediate reduction of tempo.


Italian, literally 'retained, restrained'.

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