adjective, adverb 1. Musical Direction becoming gradually slowerwhen used other than in a musical score, also in roman type nounWord forms: plural Italian ˌritarˈdandos
2. [also in roman type]; Music a passage to be performed ritardando
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Word origin of 'ritardando'It, ger. of ritardare, to delay: see retard