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cantatrice

[kan-tuh-tree-chey, -trees; Italian kahn-tah-tree-che; French kahn-ta-trees]
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noun, plural can·ta·tri·ces [kan-tuh-tree-cheyz, -tree-siz; French kahn-ta-trees] /ˌkæn təˈtri tʃeɪz, -ˈtri sɪz; French kɑ̃ taˈtris/, can·ta·tri·ci [kan-tuh-tree-chee; Italian kahn-tah-tree-chee] /ˌkæn təˈtri tʃi; Italian ˌkɑn tɑˈtri tʃi/.
  1. a professional female singer especially of opera.

Origin of cantatrice

(< F) < Italian < Late Latin cantātrīc-, stem of cantātrīx female singer; see cantor, -trix
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Examples from the Web for cantatrice

Historical Examples

  • A murmur of admiration greeted the lady—Jane Zeld, the cantatrice.

    The Son of Monte Christo

    Jules Lermina

  • A cantatrice expects it everywhere; these creatures live on it.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

  • How is it that the cantatrice and queen of song loves the part still?

    Verdi: Man and Musician

    Frederick James Crowest

  • I would like to describe this cantatrice, but she belongs to no formula.

  • Looking at her, Denis always thought of Wilkie Bard as the cantatrice.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley


British Dictionary definitions for cantatrice

cantatrice

noun
  1. a female singer, esp a professional soloist
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