What does adagio mean?

Definitions for adagio
əˈdɑ dʒoʊ, -ʒiˌoʊada·gio

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adagionoun

    (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully)

    "they played the adagio too quickly"

  2. adagioadjective

    a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers

  3. adagioadverb

    (of tempo) leisurely

  4. adagioadverb


    "here you must play adagio"


  1. adagionoun

    A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played rather slowly, leisurely and gracefully.

  2. adagionoun

    A passage having this mark.

  3. adagionoun

    A male-female duet or mixed trio ballet displaying demanding balance, spins and/or lifts.

  4. adagioadverb

    Played rather slowly.

  5. adagioadjective

    Describing a passage having this mark.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ADAGIOnoun

    A term used by musicians, to mark a slow time.

    Etymology: Italian.


  1. adagio

    Adagio is an Italian term often used in music to indicate a slow and leisurely tempo or pace. Typically, it refers to a speed that is slower than allegro but faster than largo. In ballet, adagio refers to slow, sustained movements requiring balance and grace.

  2. adagio

    Adagio is a musical term from Italian, meaning "at ease". It is typically used to describe a slow tempo or pace in music. In some contexts, it may also refer to a specific type of performance piece that is played slowly.

  3. adagio

    Adagio is a term used in music to indicate a slow tempo or as a direction for a passage of music to be performed slowly. It is an Italian word that means "at ease." In addition to music, the term is also used in ballet, where it refers to sustained and fluid dance movements.

  4. adagio

    Adagio is a musical term originating from Italian, used to indicate a slow tempo or pace of a composition. It is often used for movements that are slow, lyrical, and expressive. The word itself translates to "at ease" from Italian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adagio

    slow; slowly, leisurely, and gracefully. When repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the movement to be very slow

  2. Adagionoun

    a piece of music in adagio time; a slow movement; as, an adagio of Haydn

  3. Etymology: [It. adagio; ad (L. ad) at + agio convenience, leisure, ease. See Agio.]


  1. Adagio

    Adagio is a French progressive metal band formed in 2001 by guitarist Stephan Forté. Adagio's music is known by its technical precision and dark orchestration. Adagio keeps unqiue complex lead workings which are complimented with a powerful and driving rhythm section. Since their third studio album Dominate, Adagio has evolved their sound, but still adhering to their trademark elements of virtuosity and massive orchestral influences. However with Dominate, they implemented a heavier sound with traditional death grunts. Archangels in Black was the band's fourth album. The band has stated that the "compositions are the ultimate between melodic and extreme metal, and can be considered as a more brutal version of their second album Underworld. Adagio's fifth studio album is planned to be released in December 2013.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adagio

    a-dā′gī-o, adv. (mus.) slowly.—n. a slow movement: a piece in adagio time. [It. ad agio, at ease.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adagio in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adagio in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of adagio in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Schneider:

    You've been listening to the adagio from Beethoven's 7th Symphony. I think Ludwig pretty much summed up death in this one. You know, he had lost just about all his hearing when he wrote it, and I've often wondered if that didn't help him tune into the final silence of the great beyond.

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