• WordNet 3.6
    • adj allegretto (of tempo) faster than allegro
    • adv allegretto in a moderately quick tempo "play this more allegretto"
    • n allegretto a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
    • n allegretto a quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Allegretto (Mus) Quicker than andante, but not so quick as allegro.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • allegretto In music, quicker in time than andante, but not so quick as allegro.
    • n allegretto A movement in such time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv., adj Allegretto somewhat brisk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., dim. of allegro,


In literature:

Allegretto and not a shade speedier!
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
The Allegretto pastorale is clear from the preface.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
V. Allegretto: Song of the Shepherds, and glad and thankful feelings after the storm.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
You have made a transition from the frolicsome allegretto of the bachelor to the heavy andante of the father of a family.
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Humbled and ashamed, Frederick gives up his allegretto.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
Subject from Allegretto from Sonata, opus 90.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Once, in a large town (which I will not name), there was to be performed behind the scenes a very simple chorus, written in 6/8, allegretto.
"The Orchestral Conductor" by Hector Berlioz
And I think Tony Allegretto and his trained monkey are fakes.
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
The first speaks adagio, the second allegretto, the third both together.
"Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends" by John Keats
Remember, mein Kind, not to hurry ze time in ze legato passage, and to wait in ze allegretto till ze 'cello begin.
"The Girls of St. Cyprian's" by Angela Brazil

In news:

The beat goes on ­ in adagio, allegro and allegretto by Bob Karolevitz People I really admire are piano players who can read ­ and play ­ all those notes on the two staff levels before them.
The Allegrettos, a chorus from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, won first prize in the 2012 Lenox Caroling Festival this past weekend.

In science:

Thus the Allegretto-Piepenbrink Theorem tells us that E1 (H L,P per ) ≤ inf σ(Hper ).
Lifshitz tails for a class of Schr\"odinger operators with random breather-type potential