aria

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

Definition of aria

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

Examples of aria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nation of Islam leader Elijah, Robertson’s tenor was more traditional, most climactically in a laser-beam-bright high note held at the end of Elijah’s first aria. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 Pianist Susan Walters played the composition’s aria and variations delightfully, at an aptly leisurely pace. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Tenor Marco Antonio Labastida, who will portray Butterfly’s dashing American suitor, squeezes through the door and immediately launches into an aria. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Canio is a signature role for tenors, including Enrico Caruso, whose haunting recording of the aria Vesti la Giubba at the turn of the 20th Century is iconic. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 25 Apr. 2022 Carlos has only one big aria at the beginning, and after that must convey his character largely in exchanges with others. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Tosca famously sings in her gorgeous Act 2 aria, lived for art, and lived for love. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 13 Mar. 2022 About halfway through the first part of the aria, Teicher stepped onto the platform and silently spun. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2022 Each month, a singer works with a director to conceive and record a music video of an aria with a visual connection to contemporary life. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of aria

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aria

Italian, literally, atmospheric air, modification of Latin aer

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22 May 2022

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“Aria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aria. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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Aria geographical name

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

Definition of Aria

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

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