Definition of sotto voce in English:

sotto voce

adverb & adjective

  • (of singing or a spoken remark) in a quiet voice, as if not to be overheard.

    as adverb ‘“It won't be cheap,” he added sotto voce’
    as adjective ‘a sotto voce remark’
    • ‘A technique that avoids confrontation is called the sotto voce technique.’
    softly, making little noise, in a low voice, in hushed tones, in low tones, in muted tones, in subdued tones, in a mumble, in a murmur, in a whisper, murmuringly, under one's breath, in an undertone, sotto voce, gently, faintly, weakly, feebly
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Origin

From Italian sotto ‘under’ + voce ‘voice’.

Pronunciation

sotto voce

/ˌsädō ˈvōCHē//ˌsɑdoʊ ˈvoʊtʃi/