Definition of meno mosso in English:

meno mosso

Pronunciation /ˌmenō ˈmäsō/ /ˌmɛnoʊ ˈmɑsoʊ/

adverb

Music
  • (especially as a direction) less quickly.

    ‘a hauntingly beautiful B section is played meno mosso with rubato’
    • ‘Although written in three parts, Andante-Allegro energico, Meno mosso and Tempo I, the concerto was not conceived to have separate movements, and these parts should be considered more as sections within a one movement work, and are joined together without pause.’
    • ‘They generally designate a gradual change in tempo; for immediate tempo shifts, composers normally just provide the designation for the new tempo. (Note, however, that when Più Mosso or Meno Mosso appears in large type above the staff, it functions as a new tempo, and thus implies an immediate change.)’

adjective

Music
  • Performed less quickly.

    • ‘in the meno mosso section you have the descending arpeggios’

Origin

Italian, from meno ‘less’ + mosso ‘stirred, agitated’.