Definition of 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
Recent Examples of aria from the Web
Witness just missed out on the ARIA Albums Chart summit, peaking at No. 2 on its release.
In arias, her interpretations were infused with fiery emotion.
Ann Wilson spent her 67th birthday singing rock ’n’ roll arias for about 650 fans at the Uptown Theater on Monday.
The arias are among the glories of Harrison’s score, these brief, lyric meditations on something beautiful or meaningful in life (becoming a man, grasping a daughter, taking chances).
The pop star, who enjoyed a profile boost from his week-long residency on the Late Late Show, is the second 1D member to bow atop the ARIA Albums Chart after Zayn Malik, whose Mind Of Mine took the title in April 2016.
As a child, Spirei absorbed arias his grandmother sung at home, believing them to be folk songs.
This is accomplished in 34 short musical numbers, including arias, ariosos, choruses, recitatives and chorales.
ARIA’s new methodology is based on those adopted by the U.K.’s Official Chart Company and several European charts compilers and is designed so that a handful of standout tracks don’t distort the performance of their associated album.
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Origin and Etymology of aria
Italian, literally, atmospheric air, modification of Latin aer
First Known Use: 1723See Words from the same year
ARIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aria for English Language Learners
: a song in an opera sung by one person
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