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


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 Is there something magical that happens between you and a soprano sax? Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2021 His wife, Hallie Neill, a soprano, said the cause was pneumonia related to Covid-19. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Treigle’s granddaughter, the mezzo-soprano Emily Treigle, now in her second season at Wolf Trap, also gave a short performance at a pre-show dinner. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 But that unlikely setting is where the soprano first became interested in music. Matthew J. Palm,, 10 Aug. 2021 Her mother, Jane Frazier, from Winston-Salem, N.C., was a successful soprano who met Dr. Enrico Rolandi, an Italian obstetrician and gynecologist, while performing in Italy. New York Times, 23 June 2021 The play is based on the real-life chanteuse Florence Foster Jenkins, a soprano who was famous for her atrocious singing but still packed in appreciative New York audiences in the 1940s. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 Months later in recovery, Sinha, a mezzo-soprano, tried to help Olavarria rebuild his lung capacity through singing. Paul Vercammen, CNN, 18 July 2021 The soprano and media strategist replaces Jen Rogers, who stepped down in January after more than a decade with the downtown Phoenix organization. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 1 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of soprano


1730, in the meaning defined above


1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soprano


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

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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



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


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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