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arioso

[ahr-ee-oh-soh, ar-; Italian ah-ryaw-saw] /ˌɑr iˈoʊ soʊ, ˌær-; Italian ɑˈryɔ sɔ/
adjective, adverb
1.
in the manner of an air or melody.
noun, plural ariosos.
2.
an arioso composition or section.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Italian: literally, songlike. See aria, -ose1
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arioso

/ˌɑːrɪˈəʊzəʊ; ˌæ-/
noun (pl) -sos, -si (-siː)
1.
(music) a recitative with the lyrical quality of an aria
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from aria
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Word Origin and History for arioso

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

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