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 (ä′rē-ō′sō, -zō) Music
n. pl. a·ri·o·sos
a. A style used in opera and oratorio, similar to but more melodic than recitative.
b. A passage rendered in this style.
2. A short vocal solo having the melodic style but not the form of an aria.
adv. & adj.
In a melodic style like that of an aria. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian, from aria, aria; see aria.]


(ˌɑːrɪˈəʊzəʊ; ˌæ-)
n, pl -sos or -si (-siː)
(Classical Music) music a recitative with the lyrical quality of an aria
[C18: from Italian, from aria]


(ˌær iˈoʊ soʊ, ˌɑr-)

n., pl. -sos.
a musical passage having the character of a recitative or a simple aria.
[1735–45; < Italian: literally, songlike]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arioso - (music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an ariaarioso - (music) a short recitative that is melodic but is not an aria
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
recitative - a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech
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