mezza voce

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

1765–75; < Italian Unabridged
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mezza voce (ˈmɛtsə ˈvəʊtʃɪ, Italian ˈmɛddza ˈvotʃe)
music (in singing) softly; quietly
[Italian, literally: half voice]

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