Adagio definition

ə-däjō, -jē-ō, -zhō, -zhē-ō
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(music) A slow passage, movement, or work, especially one using adagio as the direction.
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(in a) Slow and leisurely (manner)
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Adagio means to go at an easy pace specifically in performing music.

Playing a funeral dirge is an example of playing adagio.

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The definition of adagio refers to something that is not fast.

A lethargic tempo is an example of an adagio tempo.

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The definition of adagio is a relaxed speed of a musical work that is performed.

The pas de deux movement in a ballet is an example of an adagio.

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(music) Describing a passage having this mark.
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A slow ballet dance, esp. the main section of a pas de deux, requiring skillful partnering and balancing.
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A section of a pas de deux in which the ballerina and her partner perform steps requiring lyricism and great skill in lifting, balancing, and turning.
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A succession of slow, fluid movements performed as an exercise in ballet.
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(music) A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played rather slowly, leisurely and gracefully.
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(music) A passage having this mark.
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(dance) A male-female duet or mixed trio ballet displaying demanding balance, spins and/or lifts.
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(music) Played rather slowly.
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In a slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than andante but faster than larghetto. Used chiefly as a direction.
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An adagio movement or passage.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
adagio
Plural:
adagios

Origin of adagio

  • Italian ad- at (from Latin ad–) agio ease (from Old Provençal aize) (Old French aise ease)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Italian adagio.

    From Wiktionary