coloratura

[kuhl-er-uh-too r-uh, -tyoo r-uh, kol-, kohl-]
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noun
  1. runs, trills, and other florid decorations in vocal music.
  2. a lyric soprano of high range who specializes in such music.
Also col·or·a·ture [kuhl-er-uh-choo r] /ˈkʌl ər əˌtʃʊər/.

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)

noun music
    1. (in 18th- and 19th-century arias) a florid virtuoso passage
    2. (as modifier)a coloratura aria
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for coloratura
n.

"Ornamental passages, roulades, embellishments, etc., in vocal music" [Elson], 1740, from Italian coloratura, literally "coloring," from Late Latin coloratura, from colorare "to color," from color (see color (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

coloratura in Culture

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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