Musical Direction in fast tempo: when used other than in musical scores, also in roman type
Origin of prestoIt, quick, nimble ; from Classical Latin praestus, at hand, ready ; from praesto, at hand, available ; from prae, before: see pre-
a passage or movement to be performed presto
used, as by a magician in a conventional portrayal, to signify, or seemingly command, a sudden change or occurrence
suddenly or rapidly
- Music In a very fast tempo, usually considered to be faster than allegro but slower than prestissimo. Used chiefly as a direction.
- So suddenly that magic seems involved; right away.
nounpl. pres·tos Music
A passage or movement that is performed presto.
Origin of prestoItalian, from Late Latin praestus, quick, from Latin praest&omacron;, at hand; see ghes- in Indo-European roots.
- (music) Very fast or quickly; a directive for the musician(s) to play in a very quick tempo.
From Italian presto (“quickly").