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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 or·a·to·rio /ˌɔrəˈtoriˌo, ˌɑr, ˈtɔr-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Or·a·to·ri·o n.
 1. Mus. A more or less dramatic text or poem, founded on some Scripture nerrative, or great divine event, elaborately set to music, in recitative, arias, grand choruses, etc., to be sung with an orchestral accompaniment, but without action, scenery, or costume, although the oratorio grew out of the Mysteries and the Miracle and Passion plays, which were acted.
 Note:There are instances of secular and mythological subjects treated in the form of the oratorios, and called oratorios by their composers; as Haydn's “Seasons,” Handel's “Semele,” etc.
 2. Performance or rendering of such a composition.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a
          religious text [syn: cantata]