Definition of voix celeste in US English:

voix celeste

noun

  • French term for vox angelica
    • ‘Eventually a new motherboard was fitted which sorted that problem but killed three other stops - unda maris and voix celeste which I don't really care for anyway, and the 12 th on the Swell which I was a bit sorry to lose.’
    • ‘His designs rejected the baroque model in favour of a more expressive and ` romantic’ instrument, of which a new, highly sensitive swell mechanism, his deployment of the voix celestes and voix humaine stops and a distinctive character he imparted to swell reeds were the most significant features.’
    • ‘He spoke of the Salicional, voix celestes, vox angelica and lieblich gedact as stops of distinctive character.’

Origin

Late 19th century: French voix céleste, literally ‘heavenly voice’.

Pronunciation

voix celeste

/ˌvwä səˈlest/