August 02, 2013
- tempo (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : the rate of speed at which a musical piece or passage is to be played or sung2 : rate of motion or activity
- How do you use it?
- ‘"You should excuse the suggestion, please, but I thought your tempo was off tonight in the ‘Stars and Stripes Forever.' You couldn't afford to relax just because you're on top, you know."' (George Selden, _The Cricket in Times Square_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Take your time and see if you can find another music term below."Allegro" is used as a direction in music and means "in a brisk or lively manner." "Tempo," "allegro," and many other music terms were borrowed from Italian. In Italian, "tempo" literally means "time" and traces to the Latin "tempus" which also means "time." "Allegro" means "lively" in Italian and stems from the Latin word "alacer" meaning "lively, eager." Other music terms from Italian that have to do with tempo include "adagio" and "lento," which both mean "at a slow tempo," "largo" and "lentissimo," which both mean "at a very slow tempo," and "scherzando" which means "playfully."