SOTTO-VOCE

sotto voce

[sot-oh voh-chee; Italian sawt-taw vaw-che]
noun
in a low, soft voice so as not to be overheard.

Origin:
1730–40; < Italian: literally, under (the) voice

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sotto voce (ˈsɒtəʊ ˈvəʊtʃɪ)
 
adv
in an undertone
 
[C18: from Italian: under (one's) voice]

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sotto voce
1737, from It., lit. "under voice," from sotto, from L. subtus "below" (cf. Fr. sous).
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