Definition of allegro in English:


Line breaks: al|legro
Pronunciation: /əˈlɛgrəʊ
, -ˈleɪg-/

adverb & adjective

  • (Especially as a direction) at a brisk speed.
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    • When she returned to Mr. B's class, across the floor she sped in a moving allegro combination, executing triple pirouettes.
    • Her strengths shone through in this Coppelia, with its lightning petit allegro segments and pointe solos.
    • Though she rose slowly through the company ranks (appointed soloist in 1967 and principal in 1972), her brilliant allegro technique made her a natural Balanchine dancer.

noun (plural allegros)

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  • A movement, passage, or composition marked to be performed allegro.
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    • He couldn't write a symphonic allegro to save his life.
    • It was played with coloured lighting to guide us through the movements: red for the first allegro, blue for the quieter slow movement, and green with increasing orange for the finale.
    • The opening allegro was written in a white heat of inspiration, during a holiday in the mountains near Graz; he seems to have run out of manuscript paper, for the last 50 bars are scribbled out on dinner napkins.


Italian, literally 'lively, gay'.

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