fio·​ri·​tu·​ra fē-ˌȯr-ə-ˈtu̇r-ə How to pronounce fioritura (audio)
plural fioriture fē-ˌȯr-ə-ˈtu̇r-ē How to pronounce fioritura (audio)

Examples of fioritura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blood is the soprano soloist, too, and the elaborate fioritura of her folk-tinged, haunting music finds an evocative counterpoint in the woodlands where the opera is set, and in Christal Wagner's imaginative videography. Terry Blain Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 5 Nov. 2020 For natural splendor, Moretti recommends hopping over the regional border to Umbria to see the renowned fioritura of Castelluccio di Norcia. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 15 July 2022

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Word History


borrowed from Italian, "flowering, bloom, flourishing, embellishing notes," from fiorito, past participle of fiorire "to flower, flourish" (going back to Vulgar Latin *flōrīre) + -ura -ure — more at flourish entry 1

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fioritura was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Fioritura.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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