adjective, adverb Music.
- smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.
- to be performed smoothly and connectedly
noun plural -tos
- a style of playing in which no perceptible gaps are left between notes
- (as modifier)a legato passage
1811, from Italian legato, literally “bound,” past participle of legare, from Latin ligare (see ligament). Of music to be played smoothly, without intervals.