In a smooth, even style without any noticeable break between the notes. Used chiefly as a direction.
A legato passage or movement.
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(Music, other) to be performed smoothly and connectedly
a. a style of playing in which no perceptible gaps are left between notes
b. (as modifier): a legato passage.
[C19: from Italian, literally: bound]
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adj., adv. Music.
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