adjective, adverb

  1. brisk or rapid in tempo.

noun, plural al·le·gros.

  1. an allegro movement.


  1. L’Allegro.

adjective, adverb

  1. (to be performed) quickly, in a brisk lively manner

noun plural -gros

  1. a piece or passage to be performed in this manner

1680s as a musical term, from Italian allegro “cheerful, gay,” from Latin alacrem (nominative alacer) “lively, cheerful, brisk” (see alacrity).

A brisk, lively musical tempo. Allegro is Italian for “cheerful.”

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