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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


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

Example Sentences

Noun She sings in a high soprano.
Recent Examples on the Web
Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and international cello star Alisa Weilerstein will present unique programs during the society’s ProtoStar Innovative Series. Beth Woodcontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2022 Soprano Kearstin Piper Brown and mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford were splendid surprises to me — the former’s tone bright but burnished, the latter’s rich and luxurious. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2022 Conductor Gabriel Crouch will lead the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Cappella Romana vocal ensemble, and soprano Maya Kherani, mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone Douglas Williams. oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2022 So the excitement of singing, or often belting, those mezzo-soprano songs comes from the strain of challenging the high end of one’s vocal range. Ada Tsengassistant Editor, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 The mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Paz and the baritone Alfredo Daza will create the roles of Frida and Diego. Thomas May, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2022 Such is the case with mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, who grew up in the small North Texas town of Keene. Dallas News, 30 May 2022 Among a sprawling cast, the robust baritone Lucas Meachem (as the diplomat De Siriex) and the bright soprano Rosa Feola (Countess Olga) did their best in bland supporting parts. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 1 Jan. 2023 But the limpid-toned soprano went solo at 19, pursuing her own version of Western pop-soul, often with English lyrics. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1730, in the meaning defined above


1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of soprano was in 1730

Dictionary Entries Near soprano

Cite this Entry

“Soprano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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


2 of 2 noun
plural sopranos
: 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
: the highest singing voice of women or boys
also : a person with this voice

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