coloratura


col·or·a·tu·ra

noun, often attributive \ˌkə-lə-rə-ˈtr-ə, -ˈtyr-\

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