What does allegro mean?

Definitions for allegro
əˈleɪ groʊ, əˈlɛg roʊal·le·gro

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. allegronoun

    a brisk and lively tempo

  2. allegroadjective

    a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner

  3. allegroadverb

    (of tempo) fast

  4. allegroadverb

    in a quick and lively tempo

    "play this section allegro"


  1. allegronoun

    A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a quick, lively tempo, faster than allegretto but slower than presto

  2. allegronoun

    In more traditional use, an expressive marking indicating lively or happily, not necessarily quick or fast.

  3. allegronoun

    A passage having this mark

  4. allegroadverb

    played in a quick, lively tempo

  5. allegroadjective

    describing a passage having this mark

  6. Etymology: From allegro.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ALLEGROnoun

    A word, denoting one of the six distinctions of time. It expresses a sprightly motion, the quickest of all, except Presto. It originally means gay, as in John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allegroadjective

    brisk, lively

  2. Allegronoun

    an allegro movement; a quick, sprightly strain or piece

  3. Etymology: [It., merry, gay, fr. L. alacer lively. Cf. Aleger.]


  1. Allegro

    Allegro is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, their third collaboration for the stage. Opening on Broadway on October 10, 1947, the musical centers on the life of Joseph Taylor, Jr., who follows in the footsteps of his father as a doctor, but is tempted by fortune and fame at a big-city hospital. After the immense successes of the first two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! and Carousel, the pair sought a subject for their next play. Hammerstein had long contemplated a serious work which would deal with the problems of the ordinary man in the fast-moving modern world. He and Rodgers sought to create a work which would be as innovative as their first two stage musicals. To that end, they created a play with a large cast, including a Greek chorus. The production would have no sets; props and projections served to suggest locations. After a disastrous tryout in New Haven, Connecticut, the musical opened on Broadway to a large advance sale of tickets, and very mixed reviews. Agnes de Mille, the choreographer of Rodgers and Hammerstein's previous Broadway productions, both directed and choreographed the work. The show was viewed as too moralistic, and the Broadway run ended after nine months; it was followed by a short national tour. It had no West End production and has rarely been revived. There are two recordings of Allegro, the original cast album and a studio recording released in 2009.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Allegro

    al-lē′grō, adv. and adj. (mus.) a word denoting a brisk movement.—adv. and adj. Allegret′to, somewhat brisk. [It.—L. alacer, brisk.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allegro in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allegro in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
    • A. jeopardize
    • B. attend
    • C. signify
    • D. interrupt

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