Definition of assai in English:

assai

adverb

Music
  • (in directions) very.

    ‘allegro assai’
    • ‘The strings players brought invigorating energy to the concluding Allegro assai.’
    • ‘Each of the six sinfonias is in four movements with a variety of finales including a Rondeau, a Presto, a ‘Cotillon’ and the more traditional Allegro assai.’
    • ‘In the Allegro assai moderato we have an impression of impish playfulness that is very much akin to Gade's own inventiveness.’
    • ‘From the opening notes of the Allegro vivace assai, the Berlin players conjured up Mozart in the best Viennese manner.’
    • ‘I also enjoyed the Finale that also follows without a break and which is marked Allegro deciso, assai moderato.’

Origin

Italian, ‘very much’.

Pronunciation

assai

/aˈsʌɪ/