from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short aria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a short aria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short aria, or air.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short song; an air, or a little air.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a short aria


Italian, diminutive of aria, aria; see aria.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian breeze (Wiktionary)


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