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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Colorature (Mus) Vocal music colored, as it were, by florid ornaments, runs, or rapid passages.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n colorature A general term for runs, trills, and other florid decorations in vocal music, in which single syllables of the words are to be sung to two or more tones. Also called coloring.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. coloratur, fr. LL. coloratura,


In literature:

The colorature or florid style, however, is only one of the varieties of Italian song.
"Chopin and Other Musical Essays" by Henry T. Finck
Already the development of colorature singing had reached a high degree of perfection.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
The Lehmann's voice was as yours in her youth, light at first and colorature; and it grew!
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs