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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Definitions of mezzo

mezzo (n.)
a soprano with a voice between soprano and contralto;
Synonyms: mezzo-soprano
mezzo (n.)
the female singing voice between contralto and soprano;
Synonyms: mezzo-soprano
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