Definition of ritenuto in English:

ritenuto

adjective & adverb

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

    • ‘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 tempo.

Origin

Italian, literally ‘retained, restrained’.

Pronunciation

ritenuto

/ˌrēdəˈno͞odō/