coloratura

noun, often attributive col·or·a·tu·ra \ ˌkə-lə-rə-ˈtu̇r-ə , -ˈtyu̇r- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of coloratura

1 : elaborate embellishment in vocal music; broadly : music with ornate figuration
2 : a soprano with a light agile voice specializing in coloratura

Examples of coloratura in a Sentence

  1. a performance without much coloratura

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Origin and Etymology of coloratura

borrowed from 17th-century Italian, "coloring," from Latin colōrātus, past participle of colōrāre "to 2color" + Italian -ura -ure
Note: Though conventionally attributed to Italian in German dictionaries since the 17th century, the word apparently first appears in a musical sense in German (as Coloraturen, given as a synonym of Latin Diminutiones "diminutions," in Michael Praetorius, Syntagmatis musici tomus tertius, Wolfenbüttel, 1619, p. 232).


COLORATURA Defined for English Language Learners

coloratura

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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