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aria

[ahr-ee-uh, air-ee-uh] /ˈɑr i ə, ˈɛər i ə/
noun
1.
an air or melody.
2.
an elaborate melody sung solo with accompaniment, as in an opera or oratorio.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Italian; see air1
Can be confused
area, aria.

Aria

[ahr-ee-uh, uh-rahy-uh] /ˈɑr i ə, əˈraɪ ə/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
a nymph, the mother of Miletus, by Apollo.

-aria

1.
a suffix occurring in scientific terms of Latin origin, especially in names of biological genera and groups:
filaria.
Origin
< Latin: feminine singular or neuter plural of -ārius -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for aria

aria

/ˈɑːrɪə/
noun
1.
an elaborate accompanied song for solo voice from a cantata, opera, or oratorio See also da capo
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: tune, air
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Word Origin and History for aria
n.

from Italian aria, literally "air" (see air (n.1)).

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aria in Culture
aria [(ahr-ee-uh)]

A piece of music for one voice (or occasionally two voices) in an opera, oratorio, or cantata. In contrast with recitative singing, arias are melodious; in contrast with ordinary songs, arias are usually elaborate.

Note: Some composers, such as Richard Wagner, have felt that arias interrupt the action of opera too much and hence have written operas without them.
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Related Abbreviations for aria

ARIA

advanced range instrumented aircraft
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