[ suh-pran-oh, -prah-noh ]
/ səˈpræn oʊ, -ˈprɑ noʊ /

noun, plural so·pran·os.

the uppermost part or voice.
the highest singing voice in women and boys.
a part for such a voice.
a singer with such a voice.


of or relating to a soprano; having the compass of a soprano.


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Origin of soprano

1720–30; < Italian: literally, what is above, high, equivalent to sopra (< Latin suprā above) + -ano adj. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for soprano

/ (səˈprɑːnəʊ) /

noun plural -pranos or -prani (-ˈprɑːniː)

the highest adult female voice, having a range approximately from middle C to the A a thirteenth above it
the voice of a young boy before puberty
a singer with such a voice
the highest part of a piece of harmony
  1. the highest or second highest instrument in a family of instruments
  2. (as modifier)a soprano saxophone
See also treble

Word Origin for soprano

C18: from Italian, from sopra above, from Latin suprā
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Cultural definitions for soprano


The highest range of the female singing voice. (Compare alto and mezzo soprano.)

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