from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a quick, lively tempo, usually considered to be faster than allegretto but slower than presto. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • n. An allegro passage or movement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a quick, lively tempo, faster than allegretto but slower than presto
  • n. In more traditional use, an expressive marking indicating lively or happily, not necessarily quick or fast.
  • n. A passage having this mark
  • adv. played in a quick, lively tempo
  • adj. describing a passage having this mark

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Brisk, lively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, brisk or rapid.
  • n. A brisk movement; a sprightly part or strain, the quickest except presto.
  • Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding other terms: as, allegro agitato, quick and with agitation; allegro assai, very quick; allegro con brio or con fuoco, quick and with spirit or intensity; allegro con moto or allegro molto, with decided quickness; allegro vivace, quick and with vivacity; allegro giusto, quick, but with steady, even movement; allegro moderato, moderately quick; allegro ma non troppo, quick, but not excessively so.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brisk and lively tempo
  • adv. in a quick and lively tempo
  • adj. (of tempo) fast
  • n. a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner


Italian, from Latin alacer, lively.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian allegro. (Wiktionary)



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