from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A style used in opera and oratorio, similar to but more melodic than recitative.
- n. A passage rendered in this style.
- n. A short vocal solo having the melodic style but not the form of an aria.
- adv. In a melodic style like that of an aria. Used chiefly as a direction.
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- n. A musical style, in opera and oratorio, that is more melodic than recitative, but less so than aria
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In the smooth and melodious style of an air; ariose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, like an air, as contradistinguished from recitative.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria
Italian, from aria, aria; see aria.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)