Definition of crescendo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//krəˈʃendəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krəˈʃendoʊ//
    (pl. crescendos) [countable, uncountable] Reading music
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  1. 1 (music, from Italian) a gradual increase in how loudly a piece of music is played or sung opposite diminuendo See related entries: Reading music
  2. 2a gradual increase in noise; the loudest point of a period of continuous noise synonym swell Voices rose in a crescendo and drowned him out. There was a tremendous crescendo of noise. The shrieks of laughter rose to a crescendo. (figurative) The advertising campaign reached a crescendo just before Christmas.
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent.: Italian, present participle of crescere ‘to increase’, from Latin crescere ‘grow’.
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