[ met-soh-suh-pran-oh, -prah-noh, med-zoh-, mez-oh- ]
/ ˈmɛt soʊ səˈpræn oʊ, -ˈprɑ noʊ, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ- /
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noun, plural mez·zo-so·pran·os, mez·zo-so·pran·i [met-soh-suh-pran-ee, -prah-nee, med-zoh-, mez-oh-]. /ˈmɛt soʊ səˈpræn i, -ˈprɑ ni, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ-/.

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.



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Origin of mezzo-soprano

Borrowed into English from Italian around 1745–55
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British Dictionary definitions for mezzo-soprano


noun plural -nos

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
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Cultural definitions for mezzo-soprano

mezzo soprano
[ (met-soh, med-zoh) ]

A range of the female singing voice lower than soprano and higher than alto.

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