Etymology
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recitative (n.)

"style of musical declamation intermediate between speech and singing, form of song resembling declamation," 1650s, from Italian recitativo, from recitato, past participle of recitare, from Latin recitare "read out, read aloud" (see recite). From 1640s as an adjective. The Italian form of the word was used in English from 1610s.

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Definitions of recitative

recitative (n.)
a vocal passage of narrative text that a singer delivers with natural rhythms of speech;
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