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sotto voce

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adverb or adjective sot·to vo·ce \ˌsä-tō-ˈvō-chē\

Simple Definition of sotto voce

  • : in a very quiet voice

  • music : very softly

Full Definition of sotto voce

  1. 1 :  under the breath :  in an undertone; also :  in a private manner

  2. 2 :  very softly —used as a direction in music

Origin of sotto voce

Italian sottovoce, literally, under the voice


First Known Use: 1737


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