Definition of allegro in English:


adverb & adjective

  • (especially as a direction) at a brisk tempo.


  • A passage or movement in an allegro tempo.

    • ‘The opening allegro crackled with masculine high jinks.’
    • ‘The opening allegro was written in a white heat of inspiration, during a holiday in the mountains near Graz; he seems to have run out of manuscript paper, for the last 50 bars are scribbled out on dinner napkins.’
    • ‘The allegro begins in a beautiful apartment in south-east Paris, from which you can see the lights of the Eiffel Tower scanning the sky.’
    • ‘It was played with coloured lighting to guide us through the movements: red for the first allegro, blue for the quieter slow movement, and green with increasing orange for the finale.’
    • ‘He couldn't write a symphonic allegro to save his life.’


Italian, literally lively, gay.