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[kan-tuh-tree-chey, -trees; Italian kahn-tah-tree-che; French kahn-ta-trees] /ˌkæn təˈtri tʃeɪ, -ˈtris; Italian ˌkɑn tɑˈtri tʃɛ; French kɑ̃ taˈtris/
noun, plural cantatrices
[kan-tuh-tree-cheyz, -tree-siz; French kahn-ta-trees] /ˌkæn təˈtri tʃeɪz, -ˈtri sɪz; French kɑ̃ taˈtris/ (Show IPA),
[kan-tuh-tree-chee; Italian kahn-tah-tree-chee] /ˌkæn təˈtri tʃi; Italian ˌkɑn tɑˈtri tʃi/ (Show IPA)
a professional female singer especially of opera.
Origin of cantatrice
(< F) < Italian < Late Latin cantātrīc-, stem of cantātrīx female singer; see cantor, -trix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "You have lost no time," said the cantatrice, endeavoring to conceal her feelings under an iron mask of reproach.

  • A murmur of admiration greeted the lady—Jane Zeld, the cantatrice.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • I would like to describe this cantatrice, but she belongs to no formula.

  • A cantatrice expects it everywhere; these creatures live on it.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • In the course of a heavy tirade against the scoundrel, Redworth apprehended that it was the cantatrice's husband.

  • He spared no temptation to induce the Italian cantatrice to remain.

    Great Singers, First Series George T. Ferris
  • How is it that the cantatrice and queen of song loves the part still?

    Verdi: Man and Musician Frederick James Crowest
  • This witticism was believed, because of the long friendship between the Italian cantatrice and the young Frenchman.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Looking at her, Denis always thought of Wilkie Bard as the cantatrice.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • She had a glorious voice and, as Madame Biscacianti, subsequently attained fame as a cantatrice.

    My Friends at Brook Farm John Van Der Zee Sears
British Dictionary definitions for cantatrice


/French kɑ̃tatris/
a female singer, esp a professional soloist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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