soprano

adjective
so·​pra·​no | \ sə-ˈpra-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce soprano (audio) , -ˈprä- How to pronounce soprano (audio) \

Definition of soprano

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or having the range or part of a soprano

soprano

noun
plural sopranos

Definition of soprano (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the highest singing voice of women or boys and formerly of castrati also : a person having this voice
2 : the highest voice part in a 4-part chorus
3 : a member of a family of instruments having the highest range

Examples of soprano in a Sentence

Noun

She sings in a high soprano.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The free concert features soprano Natalia Pavlova and pianist Daniel Wnukowski. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kiwanis Club supports Meals on Wheels for 35 years," 12 June 2019 That’s what the sign outside the hall said, anyway, even though the greatest operatic soprano of the 20th century has been dead since 1977. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Diva Back From the Dead," 14 Nov. 2018 The evening’s performance, led by French tenor Roberto Alagna (the virile Samson) and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca (Dalila—the Bible’s original femme fatale), was live-streamed from 42nd Street jumbotrons. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Patricia Clarkson, Adrien Brody, and Debbie Harry Enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala," 25 Sep. 2018 The much-in-demand soprano is world-famous for her Turandot, which she’s performed twice, including this season, in San Diego. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Opera stars Lindstrom, Grimsley reunite for 'One Amazing Night'," 29 Apr. 2018 As Mary, Fuller’s assistant and Timothy’s confidante, soprano Devon Guthrie, another holdover from the Cincinnati performances, is entirely sympathetic and compelling. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "A gay love affair in '50s D.C. plays out to touching effect in 'Fellow Travelers'," 18 Mar. 2018 It was started in 2015 by Evanston native Nancy Gustafson, a soprano who has performed in Europe's major opera houses with the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Georg Solti. Robert Mccoppin, courant.com, "Music Can Call Back Loved Ones Lost In Alzheimer's Darkness," 22 June 2018 It was started in 2015 by Evanston native Nancy Gustafson, a soprano who has performed in Europe’s major opera houses with the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Georg Solti. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche (nature lover) is scheduled to perform in Texas and California this year. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Salt Marsh Opera Delivers A Kid-Friendly Introduction To Opera," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of soprano

Adjective

1730, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soprano

Adjective

Italian, adjective & noun, from sopra above, from Latin supra — more at supra-

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soprano

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of soprano

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to the highest female singing voice or the highest voice part in a singing group
: having a high sound range

soprano

noun

English Language Learners Definition of soprano (Entry 2 of 2)

: the highest voice part in a singing group
: the highest female singing voice or a person with this voice

soprano

noun
so·​pra·​no | \ sə-ˈpra-nō How to pronounce soprano (audio) , -ˈprä-\
plural sopranos

Kids Definition of soprano

1 : the highest part in harmony that has four parts
2 : the highest singing voice of women or boys
3 : a singer or an instrument having a soprano range or part

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