mezzo

mezzo

[met-soh, med-zoh, mez-oh]
adjective
1.
middle; medium; half.
noun, plural mezzos.
2.
a mezzo-soprano.

Origin:
1805–15; < Italian < Latin medius middle

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mezzo (ˈmɛtsəʊ)
 
adv
1.  moderately; quite: mezzo forte; mezzo piano
 
n , -zos
2.  See mezzo-soprano
 
[C19: from Italian, literally: half, from Latin medius middle]

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mezzo
"half, moderate," from It., lit. "middle," from L. medius (see medial). Also used in combinations such as mezzo-soprano (1753) and mezzotint (1738).
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