arioso

[ ahr-ee-oh-soh, ar-; Italian ah-ryaw-saw ]
/ ˌɑr iˈoʊ soʊ, ˌær-; Italian ɑˈryɔ sɔ /
Music.

adjective, adverb

in the manner of an air or melody.

noun, plural a·rio·sos.

an arioso composition or section.

Nearby words

  1. arimathea,
  2. arimidex,
  3. ariminum,
  4. arion,
  5. ariose,
  6. ariosto,
  7. ariosto, ludovico,
  8. ariovistus,
  9. arise,
  10. arisen

Origin of arioso

1735–45; < Italian: literally, songlike. See aria, -ose1

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British Dictionary definitions for arioso

arioso

/ (ˌɑːrɪˈəʊzəʊ, ˌæ-) /

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

arioso

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

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