Definition of maestoso in US English:


adjective & adverb

  • (especially as a direction) in a majestic manner.

    • ‘The music opens impressively with its main - nay, only - theme: three descending tones, blazed out maestoso in unison on the brass.’
    • ‘The Largo maestoso finale, at thirteen minutes, is the longest movement.’
    • ‘The song morphs into another idea of maestoso chords, which gradually peters out to a quiet finish.’
    • ‘His composure shifted from weightless glee, to a rougher, maestoso tone of scorn.’
    • ‘I thought there was nothing maestoso about the first movement.’
    exalted, august, great, awesome, elevated, sublime, lofty
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nounPlural maestosos

  • A movement or passage marked to be performed in a majestic manner.

    • ‘Listen to Anderszewski play the opening of the first Variation marked Alla Marcia maestoso.’
    • ‘Moderato e maestoso, the fourth movement, sent me back into the cool night with delight of the highest order.’
    • ‘Andante maestoso was not an overblown anticlimax but the real apotheosis of Tchaikovsky's musical argument.’
    • ‘Rabotkina brought refreshing restraint and imaginative, often poetic musical shape to the thrice familiar Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso.’
    • ‘The opening Allegro maestoso is winningly done whilst the lovely Andante semplice also contains much that is beautiful and simple at the same time.’


Italian, ‘majestic’, based on Latin majestas ‘majesty’.