with some notes arbitrarily lengthened (or shortened) in performance and, often, others correspondingly changed in length; (in a manner) intentionally and temporarily deviating from a strict tempo: also used as a musical direction
Origin of rubatoItalian ; from (tempo) rubato, stolen (time)
- rubato modification or execution
- pl. -·tos a rubato passage, phrase, etc.
Rhythmic flexibility within a phrase or measure; a relaxation of strict time.
Containing or characterized by rubato.
Origin of rubatoItalian (tempo) rubato, stolen (time), rubato, past participle of rubare, to rob, of Germanic origin; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
Italian rubato (“robbed, stolen"), since the time is "borrowed".