Meaning of andante


Use the word andante to describe a relatively slow, moderately paced tune. Your piano teacher might tell you to play a piece andante.

The word andante, particularly common in classical music, is sometimes described as “at a walking pace.” An andante movement in a symphony is faster than adagio but slower than allegro. Like so many musical words describing tempo, andante is Italian, a form of the verb andare, “to go.” The Latin root, ambire, means “to go around” or “to go about.”

Definitions of andante
  1. adverb

    at a moderately slow tempo

    “this passage must be played

  2. adjective

    (of tempo) moderately slow



    at a slow tempo
  3. noun

    a moderately slow tempo (a walking pace)

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    type of:

    pacing, tempo

    (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played

  4. noun

    a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow

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    type of:

    composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music

    a musical work that has been created
    musical passage, passage

    a short section of a musical composition

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