Musical Direction becoming gradually slower: when used other than in a musical score, also in roman type
Origin of ritardandoIt, present participle of ritardare, to delay, slow down ; from Classical Latin retardare, retard
Music a passage to be performed ritardando
Gradually slowing in tempo; retarding. Used chiefly as a direction.
Origin of ritardandoItalian, present participle of ritardare, to slow down, from Latin retardare; see retard1.
- (music) Gradually decelerating the tempo of a piece of music, especially at the end of the piece.
Borrowed from Italian ritardando, gerund of ritardare (“to delay, to slow down").