Definition of allegretto in English:


adjective & adverb

  • (especially as a direction) at a fairly brisk speed.


  • A movement or passage marked to be performed allegretto.

    • ‘Schiff was not afraid to make a wistful gesture in the adagio with a slight bending back of his head, nor to smile during the most tender phrases of the allegretto.’
    • ‘The conductor's subtly, phrased, light treatment of the first movement and the long unbroken lyrical line of the Andante quasi allegretto really made the music glow anew!’
    • ‘A slow, caressing opening statement leads to a jaunty allegretto and then to a rondo with a distinct gypsy flavor.’
    • ‘Following the intermission there was hardly pause enough to take one's seat: Gergiev lunged forward into the allegretto, his hands caressing the strings as if consoling an infant.’
    • ‘There are more sensuous pauses and pensive gulfs between his allegrettos and adagios.’


Italian, diminutive of allegro.