bel canto

noun bel can·to \bel-ˈkän-(ˌ)tō, -ˈkan-\

Definition of bel canto

  1. :  operatic singing originating in 17th century and 18th century Italy and stressing ease, purity, and evenness of tone production and an agile and precise vocal technique

Origin and Etymology of bel canto

Italian, literally, beautiful singing

First Known Use: 1838

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