[kuhl-er-uh-toor-uh, -tyoor-uh, kol-, kohl-]
runs, trills, and other florid decorations in vocal music.
a lyric soprano of high range who specializes in such music.
Also, colorature [kuhl-er-uh-choor] .

1730–40; < Italian < Late Latin: literally, coloring. See color, -ate1, -ure Unabridged
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coloratura or colorature (ˌkɒlərəˈtʊərə, ˈkɒlərəˌtjʊə)
1.  a.  (in 18th- and 19th-century arias) a florid virtuoso passage
 b.  (as modifier): a coloratura aria
2.  Also called: coloratura soprano a lyric soprano who specializes in such music
[C19: from obsolete Italian, literally: colouring, from Latin colōrāre to colour]
colorature or colorature
[C19: from obsolete Italian, literally: colouring, from Latin colōrāre to colour]

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Word Origin & History

"Ornamental passages, roulades, embellishments, etc., in vocal music" [Elson], 1740, from It. coloratura, lit. "coloring," from L.L. coloratura, from colorare "to color," from color (see color).
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coloratura [(kul-uhr-uh-toor-uh)]

Elaborate ornamentation in a piece of vocal music. A coloratura soprano is one who can sing such highly ornamented parts.

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