aria

aria

[ahr-ee-uh, air-ee-uh]
noun
1.
an air or melody.
2.
an elaborate melody sung solo with accompaniment, as in an opera or oratorio.

Origin:
1735–45; < Italian; see air1

area, aria.
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Aria

[ahr-ee-uh, uh-rahy-uh]
noun Classical Mythology.
a nymph, the mother of Miletus, by Apollo.

-aria

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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aria (ˈɑːrɪə)
 
n
See also da capo an elaborate accompanied song for solo voice from a cantata, opera, or oratorio
 
[C18: from Italian: tune, air]

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aria
from It., lit. "air."
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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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ARIA
advanced range instrumented aircraft
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