[met-soh-suh-pran-oh, -prah-noh, med-zoh-, mez-oh-]Music.
- a voice or voice part intermediate in compass between soprano and contralto.
- a person having such a voice.
- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable to a mezzo-soprano.
Origin of mezzo-soprano
Borrowed into English from Italian around 1745–55
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- a female voice intermediate between a soprano and contralto and having a range from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above itSometimes shortened to: mezzo
- a singer with such a voice
Word Origin and History for mezzo soprano
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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