ari·​o·​so ˌär-ē-ˈō-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce arioso (audio)
plural ariosos also ariosi ˌär-ē-ˈō-(ˌ)sē How to pronounce arioso (audio)
: a musical passage or composition having a mixture of free recitative and metrical song

Examples of arioso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Monteverdi shows uncanny skill at writing extended vocal passages that shift seamlessly between recitative, arioso and aria. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2017 Fischer inhabited her role completely, and the composer wrote long, lyrical arioso for her. Janelle Gelfand,, 19 July 2017

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Word History


Italian, from aria

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arioso was in 1820

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“Arioso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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