mezzo-soprano

[met-soh-suh-pran-oh, -prah-noh, med-zoh-, mez-oh-]Music.
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-/.
  1. a voice or voice part intermediate in compass between soprano and contralto.
  2. a person having such a voice.
adjective
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for mezzo soprano

mezzo-soprano

noun plural -nos
  1. 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
  2. a singer with such a voice
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Word Origin and History for mezzo soprano

mezzo-soprano

n.

1753; see mezzo + soprano.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mezzo soprano in Culture

mezzo soprano

[(met-soh, med-zoh)]

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

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