mezza voce

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mez·za vo·ce

 (mĕt′sə vō′chā, mĕd′zə, mĕz′ə)
adv. & adj. Music
With moderate volume or in a subdued tone. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian : mezza, half + voce, voice.]
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mezza voce

(ˈmɛtsə ˈvəʊtʃɪ; Italian ˈmɛddza ˈvotʃe)
(Music, other) music (in singing) softly; quietly
[Italian, literally: half voice]
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mez•za vo•ce

(ˈmɛt sə ˈvoʊ tʃeɪ, ˈmɛd zə, ˈmɛz ə)
adv., adj.
with half the power of the voice (used as a musical direction). Abbr.: m.v.
[1765–75; < Italian]
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