mezzo-soprano

[met-soh-suh-pran-oh, -prah-noh, med-zoh-, mez-oh-] Music.
noun, plural mezzo-sopranos, mezzo-soprani [met-soh-suh-pran-ee, -prah-nee, med-zoh-, mez-oh-] .
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:
1745–55; < Italian

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mezzo-soprano
 
n , pl -nos
1.  Sometimes shortened to: mezzo 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
2.  a singer with such a voice

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mezzo-soprano

(Italian: "half-soprano"), in vocal music the range between the soprano (q.v.) and the alto, usually encompassing the A below middle C and the second F or G above middle C. The term is often abbreviated to "mezzo."

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Example sentences
She now sings a wide variety of parts, from mezzo-soprano to alto and even tenor, if needed.
She is graced with a pleas ant mezzo-soprano voice and has rendered a number of ballads at the hotel in a clever style.
She gave the song in a sweet mezzo-soprano voice, rich and silvery in tone and tilling every part of the hall.
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