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

  • n. A voice having a range between soprano and contralto.
  • n. A vocal part calling for a voice having such a range.
  • n. Music A woman having a mezzo-soprano voice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A voice or voice part intermediate in compass between soprano and contralto
  • n. A person having such a voice

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a medium compass between the soprano and contralto; -- said of the voice of a female singer.

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

  • n. a soprano with a voice between soprano and contralto
  • n. the female singing voice between contralto and soprano


Italian : mezzo, half (from Latin medius; see medium) + soprano, soprano; see soprano.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian mezzosoprano (Wiktionary)



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