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[luh-gah-toh; Italian le-gah-taw] /ləˈgɑ toʊ; Italian lɛˈgɑ tɔ/

adjective, adverb, Music.
smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones.
adjective, adverb
to be performed smoothly and connectedly
noun (pl) -tos

1811, from Italian legato, literally “bound,” past participle of legare, from Latin ligare (see ligament). Of music to be played smoothly, without intervals.


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