arioso

arioso

[ahr-ee-oh-soh, ar-; Italian ah-ryaw-saw] Music.
adjective, adverb
1.
in the manner of an air or melody.
noun, plural ariosos.
2.
an arioso composition or section.

Origin:
1735–45; < Italian: literally, songlike. See aria, -ose1

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arioso (ˌɑːrɪˈəʊzəʊ, ˌæ-)
 
n , pl -sos, -si
music a recitative with the lyrical quality of an aria
 
[C18: from Italian, from aria]

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arioso
"melodious, in a melodious way," 1742, from It. aria "melody" (see aria).
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