mezza voce

mezza voce

[met-suh voh-chey, med-zuh, mez-uh]
noun
with half the power of the voice (used as a musical direction). Abbreviation: m.v.

Origin:
1765–75; < Italian

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mezza voce (ˈmɛtsə ˈvəʊtʃɪ, Italian ˈmɛddza ˈvotʃe)
 
adv
music (in singing) softly; quietly
 
[Italian, literally: half voice]

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