Etymology
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mezzo (adj.)

"half, moderate," Italian mezzo, literally "middle," from Latin medius (from PIE root *medhyo- "middle"). Used in combinations such as mezzo-soprano (music, 1753); mezzo-rilievo (scuplture, 1590s); mezzotint (engraving, 1738).

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mezzo-soprano (n.)

in music, the part between soprano and contralto, 1753; see mezzo + soprano.

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mezzotint (n.)
1738; see mezzo + tint. As a verb, from 1827.
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