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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ariose having a melody (as distinguished from recitative)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ariose Characterized by melody, as distinguished from harmony. "Mendelssohn wants the ariose beauty of Handel; vocal melody is not his forte; the interest of his airs is harmonic."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ariose Characterized by melody, as distinguished from harmony.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. arioso, fr. aria,


In literature:

Without being at all ariose, the symphony is full of melody.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes