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Webster 1913 Edition


Presto

Pres′to

,
adv.
[It. or Sp.
presto
quick, quickly. See
Prest
,
Adj.
]
1.
Quickly; immediately; in haste; suddenly.
Presto
! begone! ’tis here again.
Swift.
2.
(Mus.)
Quickly; rapidly; – a direction for a quick, lively movement or performance; quicker than allegro, or any rate of time except prestissimo.

Webster 1828 Edition


Presto

PRES'TO

,
adv.
[L. proesto.]
1.
In music, a direction for a quick lively movement or performance.
2.
Quickly; immediately; in haste.

Definition 2022


presto

presto

See also: prestó, prestò, and přesto

English

Adverb

presto (not comparable)

  1. (music) Very fast or quickly; a directive for the musician(s) to play in a very quick tempo.

Interjection

presto

  1. Used by magicians when performing a trick; ta-da; voilà.
    So I put my hand into the hat and presto! Out comes a rabbit!

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Noun

presto (uncountable)

  1. (poker slang) A pair of fives as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em.

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Catalan

Verb

presto

  1. first-person singular present indicative form of prestar

Italian

Etymology

From Late Latin praestus, from the Latin adverb praesto. Compare Catalan prest, French prêt.

Pronunciation

Adverb

presto

  1. soon
  2. early
  3. quickly

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Derived terms

Verb

presto

  1. first-person singular present of prestare

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Portuguese

Verb

presto

  1. First-person singular (eu) present indicative of prestar

Serbo-Croatian

Noun

presto m (Cyrillic spelling престо)

  1. throne


Spanish

Etymology

From Late Latin praestus, from the adverb praesto. Compare Catalan prest, Italian presto, French prêt. The meaning pertaining to music comes from Italian presto.

Adjective

presto m (feminine singular presta, masculine plural prestos, feminine plural prestas)

  1. quick, swift, prompt
  2. ready, prepared

Adverb

presto

  1. immediately, promptly
  2. (music) presto
  3. right away, at once

Verb

presto

  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of prestar.