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soprano

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adjective so·pra·no \sə-ˈpra-(ˌ)nō, -ˈprä-\

Definition of soprano

  1. :  relating to or having the range or part of a soprano

Origin and Etymology of soprano

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


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soprano

noun so·pra·no

Definition of soprano

plural

sopranos

  1. 1 :  the highest singing voice of women or boys and formerly of castrati; also :  a person having this voice

  2. 2 :  the highest voice part in a 4-part chorus

  3. 3 :  a member of a family of instruments having the highest range

Examples of soprano in a Sentence

  1. She sings in a high soprano.

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First Known Use of soprano

1738


SOPRANO Defined for English Language Learners

soprano

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adjective

Definition of soprano for English Language Learners

  • : relating to the highest female singing voice or the highest voice part in a singing group

  • : having a high sound range

soprano

noun

Definition of soprano for English Language Learners

  • : the highest voice part in a singing group

  • : the highest female singing voice or a person with this voice


SOPRANO Defined for Kids

soprano

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noun so·pra·no \sə-ˈpra-nō, -ˈprä-\

Definition of soprano for Students

plural

sopranos

  1. 1 :  the highest part in harmony that has four parts

  2. 2 :  the highest singing voice of women or boys

  3. 3 :  a singer or an instrument having a soprano range or part


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