- brilliant runs, trills, etc., used to display a singer's skill
- music containing such ornamentation
- a soprano who sings such musicin full coloratura soprano
Origin of coloraturaItalian from Classical Latin coloratus, past participle of colorare, to color
- The ornamentation of music written for the voice with florid passages, especially trills and runs.
- Vocal music characterized by florid ornamental passages.
- A singer, especially a soprano, specializing in such ornamentation.
Origin of coloraturaObsolete Italian from Late Latin colōrātūra coloring from Latin colōrātus past participle of colōrāre to color from color color ; see color .
(plural coloratura or coloraturas)
(comparative more coloratura, superlative most coloratura)
- Pertaining to coloratura.
- She has a lighter and more coloratura voice.
- This role has the most coloratura singing in the opera.
From Italian coloratura, from Late Latin coloratura, from colorare "to colour".