AskDefine | Define aria

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1 an elaborate song for solo voice
2 an elaborate song for solo voice

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  • /ˈɑː.ɹi.ɑ/


aria (plural: arias or arie)
  1. A musical piece written typically for a solo voice with orchestral accompaniment in an opera or cantata.


type of musical piece
  • Bosnian: arija
  • Croatian: arija
  • Danish: arie
  • Hungarian: ária
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: арија
    Roman: arija


  1. Australian Record Industry Association
    Can also mean the musical awards given by the Australian Record Industry Association.



Metathesis from aera, accusative of aer < (aēr) "air"


ària, /ˈarja/, /"arja/


  1. Air.
  2. Wind.
  3. A musical piece.

Related terms

Extensive Definition

This article is about the musical term "aria." For other meanings or uses of the word, see Aria (disambiguation).
An aria (Italian for air; plural: arie or arias in common usage) in music was originally any expressive melody, usually, but not always, performed by a singer. The term is now used almost exclusively to describe a self-contained piece for one voice usually with orchestral accompaniment. Perhaps the most common context for arias is opera, although there are many arias that form movements of oratorios and cantatas. Composers also wrote 'concert arias', which are not part of any larger work, such as "Ah Perfido" by Beethoven, and a number of concert arias by Mozart.
The aria first appeared in the 14th century when it signified a manner or style of singing or playing. Aria could also mean a melodic scheme (motif) or pattern for singing a poetic pattern, such as a sonnet. It was also attached to instrumental music, though this is no longer the case. Over time, arias evolved from simple melodies into a structured form; in about 17th century, the aria was written in ternary form (ABA); these arias were known as da capo arias. The aria later "invaded" the opera repertoire with its many sub-species (Aria cantabile, Aria agitata, Aria di bravura, and so on). By the mid-19th century, many operas became a sequence of arias, reducing the space left for recitative, while other operas (for instance those by Wagner) were entirely through-composed, with no section being readily identifiable as a self-contained aria.
An arietta is a short aria.


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aria in Bosnian: Arija
aria in Bulgarian: Ария
aria in Catalan: Ària (música)
aria in Czech: Árie
aria in Danish: Arie
aria in German: Arie
aria in Estonian: Aaria
aria in Modern Greek (1453-): Άρια
aria in Spanish: Aria
aria in Esperanto: Ario
aria in French: Aria
aria in Korean: 아리아
aria in Croatian: Arija
aria in Italian: Aria (musica)
aria in Hebrew: אריה (מוזיקה)
aria in Georgian: არია
aria in Kazakh: Ария
aria in Lithuanian: Arija
aria in Malay (macrolanguage): Aria
aria in Dutch: Aria (compositie)
aria in Japanese: アリア
aria in Norwegian: Arie
aria in Polish: Aria
aria in Portuguese: Ária
aria in Russian: Ария
aria in Simple English: Aria
aria in Slovak: Ária
aria in Slovenian: Arija
aria in Finnish: Aaria
aria in Swedish: Aria
aria in Turkish: Arya
aria in Ukrainian: Арія
aria in Chinese: 詠嘆調

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

air, aria buffa, aria cantabile, aria da capo, aria da chiesa, aria di bravura, aria di coloratura, aria fugata, aria parlante, arietta, arioso, bravura, cantabile, canto, cantus, coloratura, descant, ditty, hymn, lay, lied, line, measure, melodia, melodic line, melody, note, recitative, refrain, solo, solo part, song, soprano part, strain, treble, tune
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