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mezza voce

[ met-suh -voh-chey, med-zuh, mez-uh ]
/ ˈmɛt sə ˈvoʊ tʃeɪ, ˈmɛd zə, ˈmɛz ə /
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adverb, adjective

with half the power of the voice (used as a musical direction). Abbreviation: m.v.

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Origin of mezza voce

Borrowed into English from Italian around 1765–75
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British Dictionary definitions for mezza voce

mezza voce
/ (ˈmɛtsə ˈvəʊtʃɪ, Italian ˈmɛddza ˈvotʃe) /

adverb

music (in singing) softly; quietly
Italian, literally: half voice
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