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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dah-joh, -zhee-oh; Italian ah-dah-jaw]
    • /əˈdɑ dʒoʊ, -ʒiˌoʊ; Italian ɑˈdɑ dʒɔ/
    • /əˈdɑː.dʒi.əʊ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dah-joh, -zhee-oh; Italian ah-dah-jaw]
    • /əˈdɑ dʒoʊ, -ʒiˌoʊ; Italian ɑˈdɑ dʒɔ/

Definitions of adagio word

  • adverb adagio Adagio written above a piece of music means that it should be played slowly. 3
  • countable noun adagio An adagio is a piece of music that is played slowly. 3
  • adjective adagio (to be performed) slowly 3
  • noun adagio a movement or piece to be performed slowly 3
  • noun adagio a slow section of a pas de deux 3
  • adjective adagio (in a) slow and leisurely (manner) 3

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Origin of adagio

First appearance:

before 1740
One of the 48% newest English words
1740-50; < Italian, for ad agio at ease; agio < Old Provençal ais or Old French aise (see ease)

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Parts of speech for Adagio


adagio popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adagio usage trend in Literature

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