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

  • adv. Music In a very fast tempo, usually considered to be faster than allegro but slower than prestissimo. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • adv. So suddenly that magic seems involved; right away.
  • n. Music A passage or movement that is performed presto.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Very fast or quickly; a directive for the musician(s) to play in a very quick tempo.
  • interj. Used by magicians when performing a trick; ta-da; voilà.
  • n. A pair of fives as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Quickly; immediately; in haste; suddenly.
  • adv. Quickly; rapidly; -- a direction for a quick, lively movement or performance; quicker than allegro, or any rate of time except prestissimo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Quickly; immediately; in haste.
  • In music, quick; in rapid tempo.
  • n. In music, a passage in quick tempo.

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

  • adv. at a very fast tempo (faster than allegro)
  • adj. (of tempo) very fast
  • adv. suddenly


Italian, from Late Latin praestus, quick, from Latin praestō, at hand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian presto ("quickly"). (Wiktionary)



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