- 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 col&omacron;rat&umacron;ra, coloring, from Latin col&omacron;ratus, past participle of col&omacron;rare, 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".