coloratura

[ kuhl-er-uh-toor-uh, -tyoor-uh, kol-, kohl- ]
/ ˌkʌl ər əˈtʊər ə, -ˈtyʊər ə, ˌkɒl-, ˌkoʊl- /

noun

runs, trills, and other florid decorations in vocal music.
a lyric soprano of high range who specializes in such music.

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Origin of coloratura

1730–40; <Italian <Late Latin: literally, coloring. See color, -ate1, -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for coloratura

coloratura

colorature (ˈkɒlərəˌtjʊə)

/ (ˌkɒlərəˈtʊərə) /

noun music

  1. (in 18th- and 19th-century arias) a florid virtuoso passage
  2. (as modifier)a coloratura aria
Also called: coloratura soprano a lyric soprano who specializes in such music

Word Origin for coloratura

C19: from obsolete Italian, literally: colouring, from Latin colōrāre to colour
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Cultural definitions for coloratura

coloratura
[ (kul-uhr-uh-toor-uh) ]

Elaborate ornamentation in a piece of vocal music. A coloratura soprano is one who can sing such highly ornamented parts.

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