mezzo-soprano[-sə pran′ō, -prä′nō]
mezzo-soprano definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. mezzo-sopranos or mezzo-soprani
- the range of a female voice between soprano and contralto
- a voice or singer with such a range
- a part for such a voice
Origin: It: see mezzo and amp; soprano
of, for, or having the range of a mezzo-soprano
mezzo-soprano definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. mez·zo-so·pran·os Music
- a. A voice having a range between soprano and contralto.b. A vocal part calling for a voice having such a range.
- A woman having a mezzo-soprano voice.
Origin: Italian : mezzo, half (from Latin medius; see medium) + soprano, soprano; see soprano.