- an air or melody.
- an elaborate melody sung solo with accompaniment, as in an opera or oratorio.
Origin of aria
From Italian, dating back to 1735–45; see origin at air1
- a nymph, the mother of Miletus, by Apollo.
- a suffix occurring in scientific terms of Latin origin, especially in names of biological genera and groups: filaria.
Origin of -aria
< Latin: feminine singular or neuter plural of -ārius -ary
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Examples from the Web for aria
The basic premise of the fan fic is that Hanna, Spencer, and Aria are all pregnant.50 Shades of Fall TV: New Girl, Scandal, and More Television Fan Fiction
October 16, 2013
But whatever their scandalous relationships are, they pale in comparison to that of Aria.
But the fact that Aria and Ezra have yet to see any consequences of their relationship is problematic.
Before this performance, the aria had never been performed on television.7 Stunning Joan Sutherland Performances
Shannon Donnelly, The Daily Beast Video
October 12, 2010
But when we got there no springs were to be seen, and I'Aria said he must have mistaken the place.
We soon 189 got near to the camp, and shouted to I'Aria to bring us some bullets.
While studying an application he sang, mezza voce, the aria from Pagliacci.Crimes of Charity
Here are the words—which are repeated fourteen times in the course of the aria.Bizarre
Suddenly she stopped in the middle of her aria and burst into a peal of laughter.Fromont and Risler, Complete
- an elaborate accompanied song for solo voice from a cantata, opera, or oratorioSee also da capo
C18: from Italian: tune, air
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Word Origin and History for aria
from Italian aria, literally "air" (see air (n.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Some composers, such as Richard Wagner, have felt that arias interrupt the action of opera too much and hence have written operas without them.
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