1. Music. in a leisurely manner; slowly.


  1. Music. slow.

noun, plural a·da·gios.

  1. Music. an adagio movement or piece.
  2. Dance.
    1. a sequence of well-controlled, graceful movements performed as a display of skill.
    2. a duet by a man and a woman or mixed trio emphasizing difficult technical feats.
    3. (especially in ballet) a love-duet sequence in a pas de deux.

adjective, adverb

  1. (to be performed) slowly

noun plural -gios

  1. a movement or piece to be performed slowly
  2. ballet a slow section of a pas de deux

c.1746, “slowly, leisurely,” Italian, from ad agio, from ad “to, at” (see ad-) + agio “leisure,” from Vulgar Latin adjacens, present participle of adjacere “to lie at, to lie near” (cf. adjacent). In musical sense of “a slow movement” (n.), first attested 1784.

A very slow musical tempo.

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