Definition of bel canto noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


bel canto

BrE BrE//ˌbel ˈkæntəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbel ˈkæntoʊ//
[uncountable] (music, from Italian)
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a style of opera or opera singing in the 19th century in which producing a beautiful tone was considered very important Word Originlate 19th cent.: Italian, literally ‘fine song’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bel canto