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



BrE BrE//dɪˌmɪnjuˈendəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˌmɪnjuˈendoʊ//
(pl. diminuendos) [countable, uncountable] (music, from Italian) Reading music
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a gradual decrease in how loudly a piece of music is played or sung opposite crescendo See related entries: Reading music Word OriginItalian, literally ‘diminishing’, from diminuire, from Latin deminuere ‘lessen’, from minuere ‘make small’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: diminuendo