soprano

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adjective

so·​pra·​no sə-ˈpra-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce soprano (audio) -ˈprä- How to pronounce soprano (audio)
: relating to or having the range or part of a soprano

soprano

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noun

plural sopranos
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.
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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1730, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of soprano was in 1730

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“Soprano.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soprano. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

soprano

1 of 2 adjective
so·​pra·​no sə-ˈpran-ō How to pronounce soprano (audio) -ˈprän- How to pronounce soprano (audio)
1
: relating to the soprano voice or part
2
: having a high range
soprano sax

soprano

2 of 2 noun
plural sopranos
1
: the highest voice part in harmony for four parts with men's and women's voices compare alto sense 1b, bass entry 2 sense 1a, tenor sense 2a
2
: the highest singing voice of women or boys
also : a person with this voice
Etymology

Adjective

from Italian soprano "relating to a soprano or soprano part," from sopra "above," from Latin supra "above"

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