stretto

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Italian stretto.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

stretto (plural strettos)

  1. (music) The presence of two close or overlapping statements of the subject of a fugue, especially towards the end.
  2. (music) An acceleration in the tempo of an opera that produces an ending climax.

Adverb[edit]

stretto (not comparable)

  1. (music) With gradually increasing speed.

Adjective[edit]

stretto (not comparable)

  1. (music) Having gradually increasing speed.
    • 1960, Thomas Pynchon, Entropy:
      So that over and above the public components – holidays, tourist attractions – there are private meanderings, linked to the climate as if this spell were a stretto passage in the year’s fugue: haphazard weather, aimless loves, unpredicted commitments…

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin strictus, perfective passive participle of stringere.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

stretto m (feminine stretta, masculine plural stretti, feminine plural strette)

  1. narrow
  2. tight
  3. strict
  4. (linguistics) close

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Noun[edit]

stretto m (plural stretti)

  1. strait

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Verb[edit]

stretto m (f stretta, m pl stretti, m f strette)

  1. past participle of stringere