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mezzo

[met-soh, med-zoh, mez-oh]
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adjective
  1. middle; medium; half.
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noun, plural mez·zos.
  1. a mezzo-soprano.
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Origin of mezzo

1805–15; < Italian < Latin medius middle
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Examples from the Web for mezzo

Historical Examples

  • The “Mezzo Cammin” is a line too narrow for their eager steps.

    The Idler Magazine, Vol III. May 1893

    Various

  • Galli had a mezzo soprano voice, and first appeared at the Opera House.

    Chelsea

    George Bryan

  • Sir John Hawkins derives passamezzo from passer, to walk, and mezzo, the middle or half.

  • We can all think of singers whose natural quality is mezzo—let us say—who try to force the voice up into a higher register.

    Vocal Mastery

    Harriette Brower

  • It is no longer a soprano; it is a mezzo and must be judged by quite different standards.


British Dictionary definitions for mezzo

mezzo

adverb
  1. moderately; quitemezzo forte; mezzo piano
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noun plural -zos
  1. See mezzo-soprano (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C19: from Italian, literally: half, from Latin medius middle
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Word Origin and History for mezzo

adj.

"half, moderate," Italian mezzo, literally "middle," from Latin medius (see medial (adj.)). Also used in combinations such as mezzo-soprano (1753) and mezzotint (1738).

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