soprano

adjective
so·​pra·​no | \sə-ˈpra-(ˌ)nō, -ˈprä- \

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

Daniela Mack had many qualities for a fine Carmen, including physical allure and adept theatricality, though the music hadn’t yet settled into her rich mezzo-soprano voice. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Opera Philadelphia's 'Carmen': A visually provocative, well-cast production," 28 Apr. 2018 Her performances have been praised for her nuanced, skillful acting as well as her burnished soprano voice — both of which are needed for Weill’s socialist satire of life in the London slums. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Threepenny Opera,’ soprano Kelly Kaduce takes the cake," 14 Mar. 2018 Kyle Stegall, tenor; Nikki Einfeld, soprano; Elizabeth Blumenstock, Liana Bérubé, and Anna Presler, violin; Phyllis Kamrin, viola; Tanya Tomkins, cello; Eric Zivian, fortepiano. SFChronicle.com, "Classical music and dance listings," 12 July 2018 Critics said Firea was trying to cash in on Halep’s victory, and soprano Angela Gheorghiu added her voice to the fracas, claiming the mayor had done the same thing to her in the past. Washington Post, "Romanian drama: the mayor, the soprano and the champion," 14 June 2018 The Bach Aria Soloists consist of violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane, soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson, harpsichordist, organist and pianist Elisa Williams Bickers and guitarist Beau Bledsoe. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events June 14-20: Royals, ‘Peter Pan,’ Neal Brennan, Flag Day festivities," 12 June 2018 French soprano Norah Amsellem returns as Parisian courtesan, Violetta Valery. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 11-17," 11 June 2018 Portland Opera presents soprano Helen Huang, one of four resident artists this season, in a community recital. Amy Wang | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Arts picks: A new 'Cinderella' tale, Jackson Bottom Wetlands art show, more," 31 May 2018 Amy was Midwestern, blond, aristocratic and gracious, an accomplished equestrian and mezzo-soprano 17 years older than John. Judith Newman, New York Times, "He’s Going Back to His Former Wife. Sort Of.," 29 June 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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The first known use of soprano was in 1730

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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, -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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