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sotto voce

[sot-oh voh-chee; Italian sawt-taw vaw-che] /ˈsɒt oʊ ˈvoʊ tʃi; Italian ˈsɔt tɔ ˈvɔ tʃɛ/
noun
1.
in a low, soft voice so as not to be overheard.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; < Italian: literally, under (the) voice
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British Dictionary definitions for sotto-voce

sotto voce

/ˈsɒtəʊ ˈvəʊtʃɪ/
adverb
1.
in an undertone
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: under (one's) voice
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Word Origin and History for sotto-voce

sotto voce

1737, Italian, literally "under voice," from sotto, from Latin subtus "below" (cf. French sous; see sub-) + voce, from Latin vocem (nominative vox); see voice (n.).

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