Definition of andante in English:
(Especially as a direction) in a moderately slow tempo.
- Presenter Jack O'Brien kept proceedings at a nice pace - andante you might say - while feeding us morsels of intriguing information.
- I glided out of the house andante in 3-4 time, nearly floating, dreamlike, toward my destination.
- He didn't know what a waltz was, or what it meant to play allegro instead of andante.
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A movement, passage, or composition marked to be performed andante.
- The tendency is usually to play the andantes too slowly, and the quick movements, scherzos, & c, too quickly.
- Though things improve, Serkin, lyrical in the outer movements, spoils the andante with heavy accents.
- The following ‘Largo’ runs longer than most, but I'd not have it a moment less: limpidly beautiful and, yes, a bit Romantic, like a Mendelssohn andante.
Italian, literally 'going', present participle of andare.