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

Definition of ritenuto in English:

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) with an immediate reduction of tempo.
Example sentences
  • 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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