aria

[ahr-ee-uh, air-ee-uh]

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.
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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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Example sentences
Yet whereas males can master the avian arias without any tutoring, females cannot.
Its pure coloratura sparkled through her early arias, drawing bursts of applause.
Though he failed to find it, he did come upon a compilation in which she sang some of the same arias.
The public expected structured set pieces, with arias, ensembles and choruses.
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