- 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.
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Examples from the Web for arias
“The movie is a good representation of what could happen,” Arias said.
“Jordan became one of our friends instead of our boss,” said Arias.
If convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter, Arias could serve far less time in prison: seven to 12 years.
“She just gutted him,” said Martinez, who likened Arias to an obsessed stalker and sociopath.
Arias dated Alexander for several months and then continued a sexual relationship with him after they broke up.Will Jodi Arias Go Free?
May 3, 2013
Arias is dead, Raminez also, though I have not seen a Raminez to equal this one.Poor Folk in Spain
Some plans accompanied Arias' report but were not published.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume IV
Hubert Howe Bancroft
The work is for a five part choir, with arias, a duet, and a trio.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
They prescribed also the kinds and number of arias, duets, etc.
His arias are deliberately designed to catch the applause of an audience.
- an elaborate accompanied song for solo voice from a cantata, opera, or oratorioSee also da capo
C18: from Italian: tune, air
Word Origin and History for arias
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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