Definition of recitative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌresɪtəˈtiːv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌresɪtəˈtiːv//
[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 Wordfinderaria, chorus, coloratura, diva, libretto, opera, orchestra pit, recitative, score, surtitles Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Italian recitativo, from Latin recitare ‘to read out’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + citare ‘cite’.
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