[awr-uh-tawr-ee-oh, -tohr-, or-] /ˌɔr əˈtɔr iˌoʊ, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌɒr-/
noun, plural oratorios.
an extended musical composition with a text more or less dramatic in character and usually based upon a religious theme, for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra, and performed without action, costume, or scenery.
noun (pl) -rios
a dramatic but unstaged musical composition for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, based on a religious theme
“long musical composition, usually with a text based on Scripture,” 1727 (in English from 1640s in native form oratory), from Italian oratorio (late 16c.), from Church Latin oratorium (see oratory (n.2)), in reference to musical services in the church of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Rome, where old mystery plays were adapted to religious services.
A musical composition for voices and orchestra, telling a religious story.
[awr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, or-] /ˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr-/ noun 1. skill or eloquence in public speaking: The evangelist moved thousands to repentance with his oratory. 2. the art of public speaking, especially in a formal and eloquent manner. [awr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, or-] /ˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr-/ noun, plural oratories. 1. a place of […]
[awr-uh-triks, or-] /ˈɔr ə trɪks, ˈɒr-/ noun, plural oratrices [awr-uh-trahy-seez, or-] /ˌɔr əˈtraɪ siz, ˌɒr-/ (Show IPA) 1. a woman who delivers an oration; a public speaker, especially one of great eloquence.
[awrb] /ɔrb/ noun 1. a sphere or globe: a Christmas tree hung with brightly colored orbs. 2. the eyeball or eye: He looks with blind orbs on an indifferent world. 3. any of the heavenly bodies, as the sun or moon: He lay on the grass, warmed by that orb of day, the sun. 4. […]
[awr-bik-yuh-ler] /ɔrˈbɪk yə lər/ adjective 1. like an orb; circular; ringlike; spherical; rounded. /ɔːˈbɪkjʊlə/ adjective 1. circular or spherical 2. (of a leaf or similar flat part) circular or nearly circular 3. (rare) rounded or total adj. “round, circular, spherical,” mid-15c., from Old French orbiculaire “round, circular,” or directly from Late Latin orbicularis “circular, orbicular,” […]