Slow; slowly, leisurely, and gracefully. When repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the movement to be very slow.
- Music In a slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than andante but faster than larghetto. Used chiefly as a direction.
- Music A slow passage, movement, or work, especially one using adagio as the direction.
- A section of a pas de deux in which the ballerina and her partner perform steps requiring lyricism and great skill in lifting, balancing, and turning.