tessitura

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noun tes·si·tu·ra \ˌte-sə-ˈtu̇r-ə\

Definition of tessitura

  1. :  the general range of a melody or voice part; specifically :  the part of the register in which most of the tones of a melody or voice part lie

Origin and Etymology of tessitura

Italian, literally, texture, from Latin textura


First Known Use: 1875


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