[met-soh, med-zoh, mez-oh]
- middle; medium; half.
- a mezzo-soprano.
Origin of mezzo
1805–15; < Italian < Latin medius middle
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Examples from the Web for mezzo
The “Mezzo Cammin” is a line too narrow for their eager steps.
Galli had a mezzo soprano voice, and first appeared at the Opera House.Chelsea
Sir John Hawkins derives passamezzo from passer, to walk, and mezzo, the middle or half.
We can all think of singers whose natural quality is mezzo—let us say—who try to force the voice up into a higher register.Vocal Mastery
It is no longer a soprano; it is a mezzo and must be judged by quite different standards.Memoirs of an American Prima Donna
Clara Louise Kellogg
- moderately; quitemezzo forte; mezzo piano
C19: from Italian, literally: half, from Latin medius middle
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Word Origin and History for mezzo
"half, moderate," Italian mezzo, literally "middle," from Latin medius (see medial (adj.)). Also used in combinations such as mezzo-soprano (1753) and mezzotint (1738).
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