le·ga·to (lĭ-gätō) Music
adv. & adj. Abbr. leg.
In a smooth, even style without any noticeable break between the notes. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. le·ga·tos
A legato passage or movement.
[Italian, past participle of legare, to bind, tie together, from Latin ligāre; see leig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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