Etymology
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legato (adv.)

in music, "smoothly, without intervals," 1811, from Italian legato, literally "bound," past participle of legare, from Latin ligare "tie" (from PIE root *leig- "to tie, bind"). Related: Legatissimo.

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Definitions of legato
1
legato (adv.)
connecting the notes; in music;
play this legato, please
2
legato (adj.)
(music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected;
a legato passage
Synonyms: smooth
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