Meaning of a tempo in English:

a tempo

Pronunciation /ɑː ˈtɛmpəʊ/


  • (especially as a direction) at the previous or original tempo.

    ‘the first few statements of the main melody are played a tempo’
    • ‘The third and fourth movements were taken at a rather quick tempo altogether, with the furtive cello melody at the beginning played a tempo each time.’
    • ‘These were played a tempo and quite speedily.’
    • ‘The second theme, introduced by the cellos, is played a tempo.’
    • ‘Performers who play every note a tempo and with the same emphasis sound mechanical.’
    • ‘The ‘tutti’ that follows is also marked ‘a tempo’.’


  • Performed at the previous or original tempo.

    • ‘his chief want is the want of fire and energetic accent, and also of steady a tempo movement’


Italian, literally ‘in time’.