nounpl. -·tos or -·ti
- in a fugue, the following of the voices in close succession, esp. in the closing section
- any concluding passage performed with a climactic increase in speedalso stret′ta
nounpl. -·tas or -·te
Origin of strettoItalian from Classical Latin strictus, tight, narrow: see strict
nounpl. stret·ti, or stret·tos Music
- A close succession or overlapping of statements of the subject in a fugue, especially in the final section.
- A final section, as of an opera, performed with an acceleration in tempo to produce a climax. Also called stretta .
Origin of strettoItalian narrow, stretto from Latin strictus strict ; see strict .
- (music) With gradually increasing speed.
- (music) Having gradually increasing speed.