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


She sings in a high soprano.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth join Măcelaru and the orchestra in the work’s world premiere. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Women composers, performers take center stage at Cabrillo Fest," 22 July 2019 That’s when mezzo-soprano Jessi McKinnon delivered the concert’s most spine-tingling solo, a disarmingly urgent affirmation so full of hope that the most jaded skeptic could have their world view changed by it. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Summer Singers may have the hope and harmony you need," 21 July 2019 The line resonated with Liz Bouk, the mezzo-soprano singing it. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Transgender Opera Singers Find Their Voices," 8 July 2019 Candidates must sing for the audition, as the part requires someone who can sing gospel with a soaring soprano voice. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Online casting search begins for role of young Aretha Franklin in movie 'Respect'," 18 July 2019 But bass-baritone Davón Tines and soprano Karen Slack supply rich tones and ardent personifications as Charles and Billie. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 La Bohème in its venerable Franco Zeffirelli staging includes soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Mimì and Rodolfo with Stefano Ranzani conducting in this retransmission to local movie theaters of a 2014 performance. Peter Dobrin,, "Classical summer: Bradley Cooper, Harry Potter, piano stars, Yannick debuts at a spiffed-up Mann Center," 5 June 2019 Of the two Swedish vocal soloists, contralto Anna Larsson remained earthbound, while soprano Miah Persson soared. Los Angeles Times, "Review: For Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ is no mere picnic at the Hollywood Bowl," 24 July 2019 The Massachusetts attorney general and the Bureau of Investigation had discovered that Muck was having an affair with a young mezzo-soprano named Rosamond Young. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The “Star-Spangled Banner” Controversy That Altered the Course of American Music," 2 July 2019

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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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