A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ahr-ee-uh, air-ee-uh]
    • /ˈɑr i ə, ˈɛər i ə/
    • /ˈɑː.ri.ə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahr-ee-uh, air-ee-uh]
    • /ˈɑr i ə, ˈɛər i ə/

Definitions of aria word

  • countable noun aria An aria is a song for one of the leading singers in an opera or choral work. 3
  • noun aria an elaborate accompanied song for solo voice from a cantata, opera, or oratorio 3
  • noun aria an air or melody in an opera, cantata, or oratorio, esp. for solo voice with instrumental accompaniment 3
  • noun aria a nymph, the mother of Miletus, by Apollo. 1
  • noun aria A long, accompanied song for a solo voice, typically one in an opera or oratorio. 1
  • noun aria opera: solo piece 1

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Origin of aria

First appearance:

before 1735
One of the 48% newest English words
From Italian, dating back to 1735-45; See origin at air1

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Parts of speech for Aria


aria popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

aria usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for aria

noun aria

  • hymn — a song or ode in praise or honor of God, a deity, a nation, etc.
  • descant — A descant is a tune which is played or sung above the main tune in a piece of music.
  • song — Ailing [ahy-ling] /ˈaɪˈlɪŋ/ (Show IPA), Soong, Ai-ling.

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