mezzo

[met-soh, med-zoh, mez-oh]

adjective

middle; medium; half.

noun, plural mez·zos.

a mezzo-soprano.

Origin of mezzo

1805–15; < Italian < Latin medius middle
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mezzo

adverb

moderately; quitemezzo forte; mezzo piano

noun plural -zos

Word Origin for mezzo

C19: from Italian, literally: half, from Latin medius middle
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Word Origin and History for mezzo
adj.

"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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