bel

noun
\ˈbel \

Definition of bel 

: ten decibels

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And, as in summers past, this was a chance to hear a significant bel canto opera that remains an offshoot of the repertory. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Soaring Soprano Helps Bel Canto at Caramoor Say Farewell," 9 July 2017 There was hardly any Puccini, there was hardly any bel canto and no verismo. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Conductor Riccardo Chailly to celebrate 40 years at La Scala," 31 May 2017 BEL AIR, Md. — A deputy’s nearly fatal overdose while investigating a drug scene recently underscores the dangers faced by those fighting the U.S. drug epidemic. Washington Post, "In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose," 27 May 2017 BEL-AIR: A Cold War-era bomb shelter (now a wine cellar) is among holdovers of this single-story home, built in 1949 for actor-producer Alan Ladd. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "What $20 million buys in three of L.A. County’s priciest ZIP Codes," 25 May 2017 The German soprano Diana Damrau, a house favorite, shares the stage with the tenor Javier Camarena, an assured bel-canto stylist who has the taste and technique to leave a lasting impression as well. The New Yorker, "The Met: “I Puritani”," 14 Feb. 2017 And as Arturo, the man Elvira loves to distraction, a member of the Royalists, who opposed the Puritans in the English Civil War, Mr. Camarena again proved to be the leading bel canto tenor of the day. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Tenor and a Soprano Make ‘I Puritani’ Gleam at the Met," 12 Feb. 2017 The score features the brilliant patter numbers that distinguish bel canto writing. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Bojan Knezevic stars in Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’ for Island City Opera," 16 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of bel

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bel

Alexander Graham Bell

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bel

noun
\ˈbel \

Medical Definition of bel 

: ten decibels abbreviation b

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