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səˈpræn oʊ, -ˈprɑ noʊso·pra·no

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sopranonoun

    a female singer

  2. sopranonoun

    the highest female voice; the voice of a boy before puberty

  3. soprano, trebleadjective

    the pitch range of the highest female voice

  4. soprano, trebleadjective

    having or denoting a high range

    "soprano voice"; "soprano sax"; "the boy still had a fine treble voice"; "the treble clef"


  1. sopranonoun

    Musical part or section higher in pitch than alto and other sections.

  2. sopranonoun

    Person or instrument that performs the soprano part.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sopranonoun

    the treble; the highest vocal register; the highest kind of female or boy's voice; the upper part in harmony for mixed voices

  2. Sopranonoun

    a singer, commonly a woman, with a treble voice

  3. Etymology: [It., fr. soprano superior, highest, fr. sopra above, L. supra. See Sovereign.]


  1. Soprano

    A soprano is a type of classical female singing voice and is the highest vocal range of all voice types. The soprano's vocal range is from approximately middle C to "high A" in choral music, or to "soprano C" or higher in operatic music. In four-part chorale style harmony, the soprano takes the highest part, which usually encompasses the melody. For other styles of singing see voice classification in non-classical music. Typically, the term "soprano" refers to female singers but at times the term "male soprano" has been used by men who sing in the soprano vocal range using falsetto vocal production instead of the modal voice. This practice is most commonly found in the context of choral music in England. However, these men are more commonly referred to as countertenors or sopranists. The practice of referring to countertenors as "male sopranos" is somewhat controversial within vocal pedagogical circles as these men do not produce sound in the same physiological way that female sopranos do. The singer Michael Maniaci is described as a true male soprano because he is able to sing in the soprano vocal range using the modal voice as a woman would. He is able to do this because his larynx never fully developed during puberty.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Soprano

    sō-prä′no, n. the highest variety of voice, treble: a singer with such a voice:—pl. Sopra′nos, Sopra′ni.—n. Sopra′nist, a singer of soprano. [It., from sopra—L. supra or super, above.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of soprano in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of soprano in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of soprano in a Sentence

  1. David Yanez:

    We've all seen how a soprano can shatter a glass with the pitch of her voice, instead of using sound waves, we use the swirls generated in the structure by the wind.

  2. Peter Gelb:

    It is a great artistic loss for the Met and for opera, famed Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is one of the greatest singers in Met history, but with Putin killing innocent victims in Ukraine there was no way forward.

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