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mezza voce

[met-suh voh-chey, med-zuh, mez-uh] /ˈmɛt sə ˈvoʊ tʃeɪ, ˈmɛd zə, ˈmɛz ə/
noun
1.
with half the power of the voice (used as a musical direction).
Abbreviation: m.v.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Italian
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mezza voce

/ˈmɛtsə ˈvəʊtʃɪ; Italian ˈmɛddza ˈvotʃe/
adverb
1.
(music) (in singing) softly; quietly
Word Origin
Italian, literally: half voice
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