|—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|
(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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