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sotto voce

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

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

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Origin of sotto voce

First recorded in 1730–40; from Italian adverb sottovoce, “in a low voice,” from sotto “under” + voce “voice” (see origin at 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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