Ritardando Definition

rētär-dändō
ritardando
adjective
Gradually slowing in tempo; retarding. Used chiefly as a direction.
American Heritage
Becoming gradually slower.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
noun
A passage to be performed ritardando.
Webster's New World
adverb

(music) Gradually decelerating the tempo of a piece of music, especially at the end of the piece.

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Origin of Ritardando

  • Italian present participle of ritardare to slow down from Latin retardāre retard1

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

  • Borrowed from Italian ritardando, gerund of ritardare (“to delay, to slow down").

    From Wiktionary

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