oratorio

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noun or·a·to·rio \ˌȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-ˌō, ˌär-\

Definition of oratorio

plural

oratorios

  1. :  a lengthy choral work usually of a religious nature consisting chiefly of recitatives, arias, and choruses without action or scenery

Origin and Etymology of oratorio

Italian, from the Oratorio di San Filippo Neri (Oratory of St. Philip Neri) in Rome


First Known Use: 1724


ORATORIO Defined for English Language Learners

oratorio

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noun or·a·to·rio \ˌȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-ˌō, ˌär-\

Definition of oratorio for English Language Learners

  • : a large piece of music for a group of singers and musicians that is usually about a religious subject



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