[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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Examples from the Web for mezzo-soprano
Before taking on the role, Racette talked it over with her wife, mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton.‘Dolores Claiborne’ Star on Her Sudden New Role
September 21, 2013
She sings very sweetly too; her voice is a sort of mezzo-soprano.Every-Day Errors of Speech
L. P. Meredith
This rle may be sung by a contralto, but is better adapted to a mezzo-soprano.
Tell me, have you composed anything for a woman's voice, for a mezzo-soprano?A House of Gentlefolk
The voice singing was clear and soft, yet strong—a mezzo-soprano without any culture save that of practice and native taste.Romany of the Snows
This first song of the queen, who must have a mezzo-soprano voice of dramatic quality, combines dignity and pathos.
- 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