[ahr-ee-oh-soh, ar-; Italian ah-ryaw-saw]Music.

adjective, adverb

in the manner of an air or melody.

noun, plural a·rio·sos.

an arioso composition or section.

Origin of arioso

1735–45; < Italian: literally, songlike. See aria, -ose1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for arioso

melodious, dulcet, ariose, arioso, canorous

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noun plural -sos or -si (-siː)

music a recitative with the lyrical quality of an aria

Word Origin for arioso

C18: from Italian, from aria
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Word Origin and History for arioso

"melodious, in a melodious way," 1742, from Italian aria "melody" (see aria).

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