adjective \sə-ˈpra-(ˌ)nō, -ˈprä-\

: relating to the highest female singing voice or the highest voice part in a singing group

: having a high sound range

Full Definition of SOPRANO

:  relating to or having the range or part of a soprano

Origin of SOPRANO

Italian, adjective & noun, from sopra above, from Latin supra — more at supra-
First Known Use: 1730



: the highest voice part in a singing group

: the highest female singing voice or a person with this voice

plural sopranos

Full Definition of SOPRANO

:  the highest singing voice of women or boys and formerly of castrati; also :  a person having this voice
:  the highest voice part in a 4-part chorus
:  a member of a family of instruments having the highest range

Examples of SOPRANO

  1. She sings in a high soprano.

First Known Use of SOPRANO


Rhymes with SOPRANO


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Highest vocal register, ranging from about middle C to the second A above it. Sopranos are normally female but may also include boy sopranos and (previously) castrati (see castrato). Soprano voices are traditionally classified as dramatic (rich and powerful), lyric (lighter), and coloratura (high and very agile). The mezzo-soprano range is about a third lower.


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