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definition of the word contralto

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Contraction of contratenor alto, from Latin contratenor altus.

Singular
contralto

Plural
contraltos or contralti

contralto (plural contraltos or contralti)

  1. (music) the lowest female voice or voice part, higher than tenor and lower than soprano. The terms contralto and alto refer to a similar musical pitch, but among singers, the term contralto is reserved for female singers; the equivalent male form is counter-tenor. Originally the contratenor altus was a high countermelody sung against the tenor or main melody.


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