Definition of ritardando in English:

ritardando

adverb & adjective

Music
  • (especially as a direction) with a gradual decrease of tempo; rallentando.

    • ‘When the trumpets entered, their ascending phrase was ritardando to a degree, allowing a gradual and more dramatic crescendo too.’
    • ‘No deviations from this basic pulse are indicated - no accelerando or ritardando - but the avoidance of repeated rhythmic patterns prevents the emergence of any phrase-structure comparable to Schumann's.’

noun

Music
  • A gradual decrease in tempo; a rallentando.

Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation:

ritardando

/ˌrɪtɑːˈdandəʊ/