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aria

[ahr-ee-uh, air-ee-uh] /ˈɑr i ə, ˈɛər i ə/
noun
1.
an air or melody.
2.
an elaborate melody sung solo with accompaniment, as in an opera or oratorio.
Origin of aria
1735-1745
From Italian, dating back to 1735-45; See origin at air1
Can be confused
area, aria.

Aria

[ahr-ee-uh, uh-rahy-uh] /ˈɑr i ə, əˈraɪ ə/
noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
a nymph, the mother of Miletus, by Apollo.

-aria

1.
a suffix occurring in scientific terms of Latin origin, especially in names of biological genera and groups:
filaria.
Origin
< Latin: feminine singular or neuter plural of -ārius -ary
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  • But when we got there no springs were to be seen, and I'aria said he must have mistaken the place.

    Across Patagonia

    Lady Florence Dixie
  • We soon 189 got near to the camp, and shouted to I'aria to bring us some bullets.

    Across Patagonia

    Lady Florence Dixie
  • While studying an application he sang, mezza voce, the aria from Pagliacci.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • Here are the words—which are repeated fourteen times in the course of the aria.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • Suddenly she stopped in the middle of her aria and burst into a peal of laughter.

  • The length of aria is about 2000 stadia, and the breadth of the plain 300 stadia.

British Dictionary definitions for aria

aria

/ˈɑːrɪə/
noun
1.
an elaborate accompanied song for solo voice from a cantata, opera, or oratorio See also da capo
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: tune, air
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Word Origin and History for aria
n.

from Italian aria, literally "air" (see air (n.1)).

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aria in Culture
aria [(ahr-ee-uh)]

A piece of music for one voice (or occasionally two voices) in an opera, oratorio, or cantata. In contrast with recitative singing, arias are melodious; in contrast with ordinary songs, arias are usually elaborate.

Note: 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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