Definition of andante in English:


adjective & adverb

  • (especially as a direction) in a moderately slow tempo.

    • ‘I glided out of the house andante in 3-4 time, nearly floating, dreamlike, toward my destination.’
    • ‘He didn't know what a waltz was, or what it meant to play allegro instead of andante.’
    • ‘Presenter Jack O'Brien kept proceedings at a nice pace - andante you might say - while feeding us morsels of intriguing information.’


  • A movement, passage, or composition marked to be performed andante.

    • ‘And under van Daele's sure hand, this came off remarkably well, with a vivid allegro, lovely andante, one of Haydn's zesty minuets and a finale that carries the title ‘la Tempesta’ for good reason.’
    • ‘The following ‘Largo’ runs longer than most, but I'd not have it a moment less: limpidly beautiful and, yes, a bit Romantic, like a Mendelssohn andante.’
    • ‘The tendency is usually to play the andantes too slowly, and the quick movements, scherzos, & c, too quickly.’
    • ‘Though things improve, Serkin, lyrical in the outer movements, spoils the andante with heavy accents.’
    • ‘The playing is adequate - I mostly disagree with the quartet on how fast an andante should be played.’


Italian, literally ‘going’, present participle of andare.