coloratura

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noun, often attributive col·or·a·tu·ra \ˌkə-lə-rə-ˈtu̇r-ə, -ˈtyu̇r-\

Definition of coloratura

  1. 1 :  elaborate embellishment in vocal music; broadly :  music with ornate figuration

  2. 2 :  a soprano with a light agile voice specializing in coloratura

Examples of coloratura in a sentence

  1. a performance without much coloratura

Origin and Etymology of coloratura

obsolete Italian, literally, coloring, from Late Latin, from Latin coloratus, past participle of colorare to color, from color


First Known Use: circa 1740


COLORATURA Defined for English Language Learners

coloratura

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noun, often attributive col·or·a·tu·ra \ˌkə-lə-rə-ˈtu̇r-ə, -ˈtyu̇r-\

Definition of coloratura for English Language Learners

  • : a style of singing usually in opera that contains a lot of high notes sung very fast

  • : a singer who is able to perform this type of music

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