sotto voce

[ sot-oh voh-chee; Italian sawt-taw vaw-che ]
/ ˈsɒt oʊ ˈvoʊ tʃi; Italian ˈsɔt tɔ ˈvɔ tʃɛ /

adverb

in a low, soft voice so as not to be overheard.

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Origin of sotto voce

1730–40; < Italian: literally, under (the) voice
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British Dictionary definitions for sotto voce

sotto voce
/ (ˈsɒtəʊ ˈvəʊtʃɪ) /

adverb

in an undertone

Word Origin for sotto voce

C18: from Italian: under (one's) voice
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