Definition of sotto voce adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sotto voce

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//ˌsɒtəʊ ˈvəʊtʃi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɑːtoʊ ˈvoʊtʃi//
 
(from Italian, formal)
 
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in a quiet voice so that not everyone can hear ‘You’ll be sorry,’ he muttered sotto voce. Word Originfrom Italian sotto ‘under’ + voce ‘voice’.

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