[ met-soh-suh-pran-oh, -prah-noh, med-zoh-, mez-oh- ]
/ ˈmɛt soʊ səˈpræn oʊ, -ˈprɑ noʊ, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ- /
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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Word Origin and History for mezzo soprano
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Culture definitions for mezzo soprano
[ (met-soh, med-zoh) ]
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