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


COLORATURA Defined for English Language Learners

coloratura

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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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