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noun \ˈär-ē-ə\

Definition of aria

  1. 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. 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

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Origin and Etymology of aria

Italian, literally, atmospheric air, modification of Latin aer


Aria

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geographical name \ˈer-ē-ə, ˈa-rē-ə, ə-ˈrī-ə\

Definition of Aria

  1. 1 an eastern province of the ancient Persian Empire; district now in northwestern Afghanistan and eastern Iran

  2. 2 — see herat


ARIA Defined for English Language Learners

aria

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Definition of aria for English Language Learners

  • : a song in an opera sung by one person


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