sotto voce

[sot-oh voh-chee; Italian sawt-taw vaw-che]
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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

adverb
  1. in an undertone

Word Origin for sotto voce

C18: from Italian: under (one's) voice
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Word Origin and History for sotto voce

1737, Italian, literally "under voice," from sotto, from Latin subtus "below" (cf. French sous; see sub-) + voce, from Latin vocem (nominative vox); see voice (n.).

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