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

Pietro Satriano and his 25-piece brass band played that May. Five years later, soprano Mary Garden sang opera. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 The Marseillaise national anthem was then sung by the American soprano Barbara Hendricks and the Choir of the French Army, followed by a minute of silence. Washington Post, "France honors Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at the Pantheon," 2 July 2018 The soprano, known for 'Siboney' and other classic Cuban songs, was a star of Havana stages and movies in the 1950s. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Cuban Singer Xiomara Alfaro Dies at 88," 26 June 2018 Kathleen Kim’s soprano sparkled in Josephine’s high tessitura; bass-baritone Wayne Tigges was appropriately brutal as Sgt. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘An American Soldier’ and ‘Regina’ Reviews: Prejudice and Power," 12 June 2018 The internationally renowned mezzo-soprano was in town for the Gospel Goes Classical concert featuring Bebe Winan at Calvary Church in Winter Park on Saturday. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Denyce Graves hits a high note for Opera UCF students," 11 June 2018 Close collaboration between composer, poet Sharan Strange and the vocal soloist Helga Davis gives a kaleidoscopic effect to the work as the soprano moves from song and chant to whispers and screams. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla Symphony & Chorus close season with trademark eclecticism," 10 June 2018 The soprano has been making waves in the opera world, garnering critical acclaim in New York, Los Angeles and around the world. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "New JCCC series season: Emmylou Harris, Lisa Loeb, Postmodern Jukebox, OK Go | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 Verdi’s masterpiece of love and tuberculosis takes the stage at Opera San José, with a cast headed by soprano Amanda Kingston, tenor Pene Pati and baritone Malcolm MacKenzie. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, April 13," 13 Apr. 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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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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