aria

noun
\ ˈär-ē-ə How to pronounce aria (audio) \
plural arias also arie

Definition of aria

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : air, melody, tune specifically : an accompanied, elaborate melody sung (as in an opera) by a single voice enjoyed the soprano's romantic aria
2 : a striking solo performance (as in a movie) … Russell Crowe's performance in Gladiator was all about the physical stuff—it was a brute-force aria of fighting and flexing and unleashing hell …— Jeff Gordinier
3 : a written or spoken passage or text likened to a dramatic or emotional operatic solo … a plainspoken but moving aria on the joys of rural living … .— Lauren Collins

Aria

geographical name
\ ˈer-ē-ə How to pronounce Aria (audio) , ˈa-rē-ə, ə-ˈrī-ə\

Definition of Aria (Entry 2 of 2)

1 an eastern province of the ancient Persian Empire; district now in northwestern Afghanistan and eastern Iran
2 — see herat

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Cohn’s disappearance is explained in a brief aria sung by the famous bel canto mezzo-soprano Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump the Opera—II," 26 Dec. 2018 Breathe life into a song, belt out arias and jazz standards in half a dozen languages, enriching themselves and the lives of all who hear them. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "A love of music led one woman to a lifetime of teaching, and a lifeline for some boys at risk," 26 June 2018 Photo: guillermo arias/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images European governments wary of migrants are now passing further laws at odds with the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights, which underpins the court. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "U.N. Pact on Migration Sows Dissent," 8 Dec. 2018 This year, festival-goers were most eager to see Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a production so influential that even the most novice opera-goer could hum along to The Queen of the Night’s famous aria. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "At Austria’s Famous Salzburg Festival, the Hills Do Come Alive With the Sound of Music," 2 Aug. 2018 Two operatic superstars, tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Angela Gheorghiu, returned to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Tuesday for a recital of arias and duets by Bizet, Gounod, Donizetti, Puccini and Bernstein. Rick Schultz, latimes.com, "Grigolo and Gheorghiu give the Broad Stage its wake-up call," 2 May 2018 Abreu brings off the suicidal artist’s 30-minute succession of arias and accompanied recitatives most skillfully, while Mortellaro makes a most alluring love-object. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Opera Theater brings flair to comic, serious Donizetti one-acters," 15 Apr. 2018 Yet matters onstage gathered force by connecting only subliminally to these arias. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "For Gay Pride, Dark Dances of Mystery, Anguish and Desire," 26 June 2018 The score keeps breaking into set-piece arias that are basically Broadway songs. New York Times, "A Soldier’s Racially Charged Suicide Becomes a Powerful Opera," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of aria

Noun

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aria

Noun

Italian, literally, atmospheric air, modification of Latin aer

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aria

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aria

: a song in an opera sung by one person

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