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1.
A popular telivision mafia family found in a show of the same name on HBO. The core consists of
Tony, a large, level headed mob boss.
Carmela, the somewhat and rightly disgruntled spouse of Tony.
Meadow, the politically leftist but bright daughter.
A.J., the spitting image of Tony without all the redeeming qualities (an asshole).
Who gives a damn if Sex and the City is gone- we still have the fuckin' Sopranos!
by Frost March 12, 2004
 
2.
The highest female voicing within choral music. Usually the bearer of melody.
The sopranos in the choir sang the the melody to all of the carols while the rest of the choir sang the countermelody.
by E.J. March 29, 2004
 
3.
The high female singing voice in opera, choir, and music in general, with a singing range from C4 (middle C) to D6 (D over a woman's high C) just over two octaves above.

Situated over the mezzo-soprano (who often plays her rival), the soprano usually plays the female lead in opera and musical theater, usually the heroine.

Many pop and broadway singers are sopranos, although the vocal subcategories used in opera are not applied to them. Examples include Amy Adams, Sarah Brightman, Julie Andrews, Allison Crowe, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, Jayma Mays, Charlotte Church, Mariah Carey, Minnie Riperton, Floor Jansen and Kristin Chenoweth.
According to vocal weight/voice type and range, sopranos are usually divided into five different categories:

Soubrette: usually a beginner whose voice is developing, a light voice with less strength in extreme high and low notes, she plays flirtatious and sassy but sweet comical characters.

Coloratura: a flexible, flute-like voice with a very high range, she performs vocal acrobatics. Examples include Sumi Jo, Natalie Dessay, and Beverly Sills

Lyric soprano: A strong, sweet, lightweight voice usually reserved for the ingenue and other likable characters. Examples include Renee Fleming, Tarja Turunen, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Mirella Freni.

Spinto soprano: A lyric voice with a strong dramatic edge, a bridge between lyric and dramatic. Examples include Leontyne Price, Renata Tebaldi, and Roxana Briban.

Dramatic soprano: A powerful, emotive, edgy voice which is suited to bold, desperate, tragic heroines. Examples include Maria Callas, Floor Jansen, Karita Mattila and Deborah Voigt.
by Lorelili July 05, 2011
 
4.
The highest female voice type, highest choir part. The soprano section of a choir may often be divided into Soprano I and Soprano II, each singing different parts when the soprano music breaks off into two sections.
A woman or pre-pubescent boy who possesses such a voice.
All the other sopranos in my choir decided to ditch class on the same day, and I ended up having to hit that damn high A by myself.
by jelisee April 09, 2007
 
5.
Literaly, the gangster family on HBO. The level of writing and acting on this show made just the word "soprano" take on a new meaning; Now when you hear nas say this he means

1: Violently, illegally or aggresively
2: Living a life of this kind
"You capped that mofo, thenboosted his wheels? AND you took his wallet? Day-em thas sone soprano shit!"
by id February 03, 2004
 
6.
the bitches of choir
"i need the melody i dont know anything else, im a soprano"
by mEOWW March 05, 2007
 
7.
The highest womon's singing voice, usually limited to womyn and children.

Plays the heroine in opera and musicals...
Ranging from sweet, innocent little maidens, to long-suffering victim womyn and a few villains or semi-villains.
Sopranos... ranging from high, fluteish, tweety birds... to steely, powerful, DRAMATIC Wagner roles
by Sam October 28, 2004