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Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Definitions for sotto voce

  1. Spoken low or in an undertone, as not to be overheard.
  2. (Music) In very soft tones. Used chiefly as a direction.

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Citations for sotto voce
Behind the scenes, however, were sotto voce grumblings that Kohl was perhaps hanging on too long and that the party might be better off if he were to step aside and hand the candidacy to popular majority leader Wolfgang Schauble. Jordan Bonfante, Time
Say it sotto voce, they say, knowing full well that to shout about it would invite ridicule. Julian Muscat, Times (London)
Origin of sotto voce
Sotto voce is from the Italian: sotto, "under" and voce, "voice."