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coloratura

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noun col·or·a·tu·ra \ˌkə-lə-rə-ˈtu̇r-ə, -ˈtyu̇r-\

Simple Definition of coloratura

  • : a style of singing usually in opera that contains a lot of high notes sung very fast

  • : a singer who is able to perform this type of music

Full Definition of coloratura

  1. 1 :  elaborate embellishment in vocal music; broadly :  music with ornate figuration

  2. 2 :  a soprano with a light agile voice specializing in coloratura

Examples of coloratura

  1. a performance without much coloratura



Origin of coloratura

obsolete Italian, literally, coloring, from Late Latin, from Latin coloratus, past participle of colorare to color, from color


First Known Use: circa 1740


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