cantatrice

noun

plural cantatrices ˌkän-tə-ˈtrē-(ˌ)chāz How to pronounce cantatrice (audio)
ˌkäⁿ-tə-ˈtrēs,
ˌkäⁿ-tə-ˈtrē-səz
or cantatrici ˌkän-tə-ˈtrē-(ˌ)chē How to pronounce cantatrice (audio)
: 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, 9 Aug. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cantatrice was in 1801

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“Cantatrice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cantatrice. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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