Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female singer: applied especially to one who sings in opera or public concerts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) A female professional singer.

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  • noun A professional female singer.

Etymologies

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From French or Italian

Examples

  • One engages in play with an infamous gamester, and is stripped perhaps in the very first partie: another is pillaged by an antiquated cantatrice; a third is bubbled by a knavish antiquarian; and a fourth is laid under contribution by a dealer in pictures.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • He is set in motion by a ballet-dancer, a cantatrice, an actress; in short, he is a brigand-captain, with other brigands under him.

    Balzac

  • "You have lost no time," said the cantatrice, endeavoring to conceal her feelings under an iron mask of reproach.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 6, August 5, 1850

  • No effect whatever could be made were a cantatrice to follow implicitly the written notes of this opera, such being merely a rough sketch, as it were, of the composer's ideas, which the singer is supposed to complete.

    Style in Singing

  • She is "queen at _bals-parés_," and she has married "a rich old lord," but nothing in either condition predicates the successful cantatrice.

    Browning's Heroines

  • During the performances she was at one moment pale and trembling, tears rushing into her eyes; at another, she was ready to throw herself at the feet of the cantatrice, in an ecstacy of admiration.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 6, August 5, 1850

  • He is set in motion by a ballet-dancer, a cantatrice, an actress; in short, he is a brigand-captain, with other brigands under him.

    Balzac

  • But Cannon travelling with Myra, sharing artistic triumphs with her, escorting her to entertainments given in her honour, Cannon, in fact, associated in foreign minds with the beautiful cantatrice, offended the inviolable rights of his lover's vanity.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920

  • He was painfully surprised upon reaching Stockholm by water not to be greeted by the squadrons with volleys of artillery, as was once done in honor of a famous cantatrice.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • The wretched serf of Pobereze became a celebrated Italian cantatrice.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 6, August 5, 1850

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