Adagio – Very slow
To remember what adagio means, use the following mnemonic:
The adder, she goes (adagio) very slowly so we have to wait for her.
Adagio is even slower than lento.
Examples of adagio in a sentence
She played it as adagio throughout, bringing a dreamy, almost surreal aspect to what has traditionally been a more vibrant violin solo.
First, she skipped quickly and lightly through the piece; for contrast, she then played it adagio, more contemplatively, slowing the pace, delighting the audience.
There are two adagio sections in the third movement; their slow pace and bleak notes tug at the audience's heartstrings.