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Definition of recitative noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

recitative

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌrɛsətəˈtiv//
 
[countable, uncountable] (music)
 
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a passage in an opera or oratorio that is sung in the rhythm of ordinary speech with many words on the same note
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