Definition of lento in US English:


adverb & adjective

  • (especially as a direction) slow or slowly.

    • ‘No. 2 is the longer by 13 minutes, and notable for the emergence of a poignant viola tune in the big lento finale, and for a shocking last bar.’
    • ‘For example, the song ‘Dear Eileen, I'm Going to Leave You’ is written in minor with a molto lento tempo.’
    • ‘The song opens lento and pianissimo, couched in rootless, muted parallel thirds (suggesting an augmented triad as they yield to mysterious, other-worldly, descending parallel whole tones).’
    • ‘And indeed, just before the end, there is a strategic, if quiet, B minor chord filling an entire lento bar.’
    unhurriedly, without hurrying, at a leisurely pace, at a slow pace, leisurely, steadily, taking one's time, in one's own good time
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  • A passage or movement marked to be performed slowly.

    • ‘The final lento illustrates the ‘becoming’ principle most clearly.’
    • ‘Listen to the glorious outpouring of the lento, and the dance that is the finale.’