Definition of ritenuto in English:

ritenuto

adverb & adjective

Music
  • (especially as a direction) with an immediate reduction of speed.

    • ‘What of the conductor who fails to execute adequately the rallentando or the ritenuto markings on his musical score?’

noun

Music
  • An immediate reduction of speed.

Origin

Italian, literally retained, restrained.

Pronunciation

ritenuto

/ˌrɪtɛˈn(j)uːtəʊ/