mezza voce

adverb or adjective

mez·​za vo·​ce ˌmet-sä-ˈvō-(ˌ)chā How to pronounce mezza voce (audio)
: with medium or half volume
used as a direction in music

Examples of mezza voce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is no denying the fundamental splendor of Kaufmann’s sound: the baritonal strength of his lower register, the clean strike of his high notes, the tender shimmer of his mezza voce. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021

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Word History


Italian, half voice

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mezza voce was in 1776

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“Mezza voce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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