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


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


She sings in a high soprano.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This lyrical piece for soprano soloist with orchestra sets a prose poem by James Agee, in which a young boy recalls the sights and sounds of a lazy summer evening. Jessica Rudman,, "HSO Wraps Up Masterworks Season With Impressive Collaboratin," 9 June 2018 As Isolde, the acclaimed soprano who triumphed here as Salome clinched another victory over vocal mediocrity and lifeless interpretation. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra brews potent concoction with concert account of 'Tristan and Isolde' (review)," 23 Apr. 2018 Celebrated New Zealand soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was made a Companion of Honour, a special award granted to those who have made a major contribution in their field -- arts, science, medicine or government -- over a long period of time. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Actress Emma Thompson made a dame in Queen's birthday honors list," 8 June 2018 Cella’s soprano evokes Julie Andrews, who originated the role, but with an extra vein of humor. Julia M. Klein,, "Act II Playhouse's 'Camelot' a scaled-down yet powerful portrayal," 27 May 2018 Must be able to play the piano, sing from soprano to bass, dance ballet, and have split second timing. Myrna Petlicki,, "'Murder for Two' is a two-man show with one actor playing 12 roles," 3 July 2018 Wagner Society Birthday Concert Ann Moss, soprano; Justin Ouellet, viola; Steven Bailey, piano. San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 24 May 2018 Julia Bullock calls herself a soprano, and this much is true. Peter Dobrin,, "Soprano Julia Bullock and pianist John Arida and the art of the big personality," 16 May 2018 Callas was the leading soprano of the 20th century, and one of the most famous women in the world. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "In Maria by Callas, Celebrating an Opera Icon In Her Own Words," 2 Oct. 2018

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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 , -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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