impromptu

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French impromptu.

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Adjective[edit]

impromptu (not comparable)

  1. Improvised; without prior preparation, planning or rehearsal.
    Synonyms: extemporaneous, unplanned; see also Thesaurus:impromptu
    The party began with an impromptu rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.
    an impromptu speech

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Noun[edit]

impromptu (plural impromptus)

  1. (music) A short musical composition for an informal occasion often with the character of improvisation and usually to be played solo.
    • 1997, Christopher H. Gibbs, The Cambridge Companion to Schubert, Cambridge University Press (→ISBN), page 168:
      The second impromptu is a dance-like Allegretto in A flat major, with a trio in D flat major employing arpeggiated textures.
  2. (by extension) Any composition, musical or otherwise, that is created on the spot without preparation.

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French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin adverbial locution in promptu; in + prōmptus (ready, at hand)

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Adjective[edit]

impromptu (feminine singular impromptue, masculine plural impromptus, feminine plural impromptues)

  1. improvised, not planned.
    une visite impromptue.(please add an English translation of this usage example)

Noun[edit]

impromptu m (plural impromptus)

  1. improvised action
    Synonym: improviste
    À l'impromptu.(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    • 1868, Sainte-Beuve, Pensées:
      Talleyrand prévoyait à l'avance ses bons mots, que la circonstance lui tirait ensuite à l'impromptu.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. (music) impromptu
    Synonyms: improvisation, impro
    • 1928, Du Bos, Journal:
      Quand je faisais mentalement des réserves sur Fauré, celles-ci portaient sur les Barcarolles, les Nocturnes et les Impromptus.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French impromptu.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -u

Noun[edit]

impromptu m (invariable)

  1. (music) impromptu
    Synonym: improvviso