Share this entry

allargando Line breaks: al¦lar|gando
Pronunciation: /ˌalɑːˈɡandəʊ/

Definition of allargando in English:

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) getting slower and broader.
Example sentences
  • There are constant indications in the score of riten, allargando, largamente, and so on, most of which you do seem to observe.
  • Masur simply, a bit austerely intoned the opening chorale of the Adagio, creating relief for the violins to effortlessly make their line in allargando unison to follow it very compellingly.

noun (plural allargandi ˌalɑːˈɡandi or allargandos)

Back to top  
An allargando passage.
Example sentences
  • Maisky also puts in his own nuances, quite profusely, like the allargandos in the Vth Suite.
  • Though not intonation-perfect, Jo wowed at every opportunity, soaring and executing allargandos with effortless ease.
  • Where were the sforzandoes and allargandos I was accustomed to?


Italian, 'broadening'.

Definition of allargando in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coiffeur
Pronunciation: kwɑːˈfəː
a hairdresser