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andante

Use the word andante to describe a relatively slow, moderately paced tune. Your piano teacher might tell you to play a piece andante.

The word andante, particularly common in classical music, is sometimes described as "at a walking pace." An andante movement in a symphony is faster than adagio but slower than allegro. Like so many musical words describing tempo, andante is Italian, a form of the verb andare, "to go." The Latin root, ambire, means "to go around" or "to go about."

Definitions of andante
  1. adverb
    at a moderately slow tempo
    “this passage must be played andante
  2. adjective
    (of tempo) moderately slow
    Synonyms:
    slow
    at a slow tempo
  3. noun
    a moderately slow tempo (a walking pace)
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    type of:
    pacing, tempo
    (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played
  4. noun
    a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
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    type of:
    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
    a musical work that has been created
    musical passage, passage
    a short section of a musical composition
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