Definition of ritenuto in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrɪtɛˈn(j)uːtəʊ/

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) with an immediate reduction of speed.
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 /ˌrɪtɛˈn(j)uːti/)

An immediate reduction of speed.


Italian, literally 'retained, restrained'.

Words that rhyme with ritenuto

Bhutto, butoh, Maputo, Pluto, prosciutto, sostenuto, tenuto

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