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mezzo-soprano

[met-soh-suh-pran-oh, -prah-noh, med-zoh-, mez-oh-] /ˈmɛt soʊ səˈpræn oʊ, -ˈprɑ noʊ, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ-/ Music.
noun, plural mezzo-sopranos, mezzo-soprani
[met-soh-suh-pran-ee, -prah-nee, med-zoh-, mez-oh-] /ˈmɛt soʊ səˈpræn i, -ˈprɑ ni, ˈmɛd zoʊ-, ˈmɛz oʊ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a voice or voice part intermediate in compass between soprano and contralto.
2.
a person having such a voice.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable to a mezzo-soprano.
Origin of mezzo-soprano
1745-1755
1745-55; < Italian
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  • Tell me, have you composed anything for a woman's voice, for a mezzo-soprano?

    A House of Gentlefolk Ivan Turgenev
  • She sings very sweetly too; her voice is a sort of mezzo-soprano.

  • mezzo-soprano (mĕdzo-so-prno); between contralto and soprano; said of the voice of a female singer.

  • The voice singing was clear and soft, yet strong—a mezzo-soprano without any culture save that of practice and native taste.

    Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker
  • Here is a phrase from the beautiful air for mezzo-soprano sung by Ruggiero in the opera of Alcina.

    Style in Singing W. E. Haslam
  • This first song of the queen, who must have a mezzo-soprano voice of dramatic quality, combines dignity and pathos.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • This rle may be sung by a contralto, but is better adapted to a mezzo-soprano.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • To get the best flute sounds, a full, smooth, mezzo-soprano gives the best effect.

    The Speech of Monkeys R. L. Garner
  • Bass would have been more sublime, mezzo-soprano more piquant.

British Dictionary definitions for mezzo-soprano

mezzo-soprano

noun (pl) -nos
1.
a female voice intermediate between a soprano and contralto and having a range from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above it Sometimes shortened to mezzo
2.
a singer with such a voice
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Word Origin and History for mezzo-soprano
n.

1753; see mezzo + soprano.

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