Definition of allegretto in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌalɪˈɡrɛtəʊ/

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) at a fairly brisk speed.
Example sentences
  • It's more allegretto than andante, like a Brahms symphonic intermezzo.
  • ‘Yes,’ he had in a pause regained his allegretto humour.
  • Marked allegretto scherzando, in the key of A minor, this piece has a lively, playful spirit.

noun (plural allegrettos)

A movement or passage marked to be performed allegretto.
Example sentences
  • There are more sensuous pauses and pensive gulfs between his allegrettos and adagios.
  • Schiff was not afraid to make a wistful gesture in the adagio with a slight bending back of his head, nor to smile during the most tender phrases of the allegretto.
  • The conductor's subtly, phrased, light treatment of the first movement and the long unbroken lyrical line of the Andante quasi allegretto really made the music glow anew!


Italian, diminutive of allegro.

Words that rhyme with allegretto

amaretto, amoretto, Canaletto, cornetto, falsetto, ghetto, larghetto, libretto, Loreto, Orvieto, ristretto, Soweto, stiletto, Tintoretto, vaporetto, zucchetto

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