soprano

[suh-pran-oh, -prah-noh] Music.
noun, plural sopranos.
1.
the uppermost part or voice.
2.
the highest singing voice in women and boys.
3.
a part for such a voice.
4.
a singer with such a voice.
adjective
5.
of or pertaining to a soprano; having the compass of a soprano.

Origin:
1720–30; < Italian: literally, what is above, high, equivalent to sopra (< Latin suprā above) + -ano adj. suffix

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soprano (səˈprɑːnəʊ)
 
n , pl -pranos, -prani
1.  the highest adult female voice, having a range approximately from middle C to the A a thirteenth above it
2.  the voice of a young boy before puberty
3.  a singer with such a voice
4.  the highest part of a piece of harmony
5.  a.  the highest or second highest instrument in a family of instruments
 b.  (as modifier): a soprano saxophone
 
[C18: from Italian, from sopra above, from Latin suprā]

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soprano
1730, "the highest singing voice," from It. soprano "the treble in music," lit. "high," from sopra "above," from L. supra, fem. abl. sing. of super (see super-). Meaning "a singer having a soprano voice" is from 1738. Soprano saxophone is attested from 1859.
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soprano definition


The highest range of the female singing voice. (Compare alto and mezzo soprano.)

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Example sentences
Her voice is essentially a lyric soprano, capable of lightness and agility.
When it was over, the soprano soloist couldn't stop beaming.
The second is a soprano aria with a dramatic middle section.
We spoke with the soprano via e-mail about the artist's life.
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