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[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)
a voice or voice part intermediate in compass between soprano and contralto.
a person having such a voice.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable to a mezzo-soprano.
Origin of mezzo-soprano
1745-55; < Italian Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mezzo-soprano
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for mezzo-soprano


noun (pl) -nos
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
a singer with such a voice
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Word Origin and History for mezzo-soprano

1753; see mezzo + soprano.

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