belt·​er | \ ˈbel-tər How to pronounce belter (audio) \

Definition of belter

: a singer with a powerful voice

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Recent Examples on the Web No actor has ever emerged as fully formed, as original and with such unique timing as Streisand does here, gracefully blending romantic lead with outrageous clown, Broadway belter and heartbreaking tragedian. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "7 movies with the best debut performances ever, from Alan Rickman to Lupita Nyong'o," 18 Nov. 2020 That Smith — winner of multiple Grammys, belter of slinky Bond themes, heedless dancer in the rain — still gladly lays claim to that clique could feel like a coy pose, a false humility to try on and discard. Leah Greenblatt,, "Sam Smith embraces pain on the lush Love Goes," 29 Oct. 2020 Her rise was surprising in a musical era dominated by belters: Holiday, by contrast, had a small range and a conversational singing style that often dragged behind the beat. Time, "1939: Billie Holiday," 5 Mar. 2020 The mid-tempo Latin track is lightweight but a grown-up evolution for both Mendes, a former Vine star, and Cabello, the former Fifth Harmony belter. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 2019: Staff List," 11 Dec. 2019 But at the same time, his songs’ sophistication and wit engender distinct insights when addressed by operatic tenors or Broadway belters or late-night saloon singers. Howard Reich,, "Chicago’s top singers prepare to celebrate Sondheim," 12 Nov. 2019 Grande is a powerhouse singer, one of the best pure vocalists currently working in pop, but Grande the belter is more developed than Grande the stage personality. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Ariana Grande Was Updating Pop. Then Billie Eilish Came Along.," 21 June 2019 The midfielder scored an absolute belter from long range, smashing the rebound from his free-kick into the back of the net to level the score going into half-time., "Benjamin Bourigeaud: 4 Things to Know About the Rennes Star Linked With Liverpool, Man Utd & Arsenal," 25 June 2019 This match on Saturday promises to be a belter as both teams go in search of a positive start., "This Weekend's 5 Must-Watch Games as Competitive Top-Level Football Returns," 2 Aug. 2019

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Belter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of belter

US, informal : a singer with a powerful voice : a singer who belts out songs

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