mezza voce

[met-suh voh-chey, med-zuh, mez-uh]

adverb, adjective

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

Origin of mezza voce

Borrowed into English from Italian around 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mezza voce

mezza voce


music (in singing) softly; quietly

Word Origin for mezza voce

Italian, literally: half voice
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