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-
[also in roman type] 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 praestō 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").