can·​ta·​trice | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈtrē-(ˌ)chā How to pronounce cantatrice (audio) , ˌkäⁿ-tə-ˈtrēs How to pronounce cantatrice (audio) \
plural cantatrices\ ˌkän-​tə-​ˈtrē-​(ˌ)chāz How to pronounce cantatrices (audio) , ˌkäⁿ-​tə-​ˈtrēs , ˌkäⁿ-​tə-​ˈtrē-​səz \ or cantatrici\ ˌkän-​tə-​ˈtrē-​(ˌ)chē How to pronounce cantatrici (audio) \

Definition of cantatrice

: a woman who is a singer especially : an opera singer

Examples of cantatrice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alexandra studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, sailed back east, and joined the Hanoi Opera Company as première cantatrice for the next two years. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cantatrice

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cantatrice

Italian & French; French, from Italian, from Late Latin cantatric-, cantatrix, feminine of Latin cantator singer, from cantare

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“Cantatrice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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