belt·​er ˈbel-tər How to pronounce belter (audio)
: a singer with a powerful voice

Examples of belter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The show’s formula, designed to draw in viewers across generational lines, featured rock groups like the Who and Jefferson Airplane and established stars like belter Kate Smith and jazz singer Mel Torme. Fred A. Bernstein, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2023 Initially, Rapp was hesitant to lean into the power of her voice, fearing she’d be branded a Broadway belter instead of a real musician. Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up MAURA JOHNSTON Folk, World & Country DAYNA KURTZ This phenomenal, strangely underappreciated, genre-hopping belter doesn’t get up this way very often, but this time through there’s two chances to catch her. Globe Staff,, 21 June 2023 While the WeHo version is more local and community-oriented, L.A.’s Pride in the Park has become a festival-season contender in its own right, with beloved R&B belter Mariah Carey and the triumphant (musically and now legally) rapper Megan Thee Stallion atop the bill. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2023 The reception was warm and weepy, with everyone from Drake, Amazon’s A.I. and clothing brands welcoming the 33-year-old belter back to the music arena — or canceling their weekend plans to get married and divorced to feel Adele’s breakup lyrics more deeply. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Features by fellow belters Brandi Carlile and Sia. Vulture, 10 Mar. 2023 Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar playing Effie White in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls, while Amber Riley won an Olivier Award in 2017 for her performance as the belter on London's West End, and the two came together on Monday's episode of Hudson's eponymous daytime talk show. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 6 Dec. 2022 Likely with little time to prepare a Gaga-esque spectacle, the world-class belter, clad in a dark T-shirt, ripped pants and Converse, relied on her mega-vocals in the most affecting performance of the show. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of belter was in 1953

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“Belter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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