countertenor alto
high-pitched high-pitched adj. 1. high in pitch or frequency; -- used of sounds and voices. Opposite of {low}. [Narrower terms: {adenoidal, pinched, nasal}; {altissimo}; {alto}; {countertenor, alto}; {falsetto}; {peaky, spiky}; {piping}; {shrill, sharp}; {screaky, screechy, squeaking, squeaky, squealing}; {soprano, treble}; {sopranino}; {tenor}]

Syn: high. [WordNet 1.5]

2. set at a sharp or high angle or slant; as, a high-pitched roof.

Syn: steeply pitched, steep. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • alto — /al toh/, n., pl. altos, adj. Music. n. 1. the lowest female voice; contralto. 2. the highest male voice; countertenor. 3. a singer with such a voice. 4. a musical part for such a voice. 5. the second highest of the four parts of a mixed vocal… …   Universalium

  • alto — high pitched high pitched adj. 1. high in pitch or frequency; used of sounds and voices. Opposite of {low}. [Narrower terms: {adenoidal, pinched, nasal}; {altissimo}; {alto}; {countertenor, alto}; {falsetto}; {peaky, spiky}; {piping}; {shrill,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alto — is a musical term, derived from the Latin word altus , meaning high , that has several possible interpretations.When designating instruments, alto frequently refers to a member of an instrumental family that has the second highest range, below… …   Wikipedia

  • countertenor — [kount′ər ten΄ər] n. [ME countretenour < OFr contreteneur: see COUNTER & TENOR] 1. an adult male voice, usually in falsetto, with a range similar to the contralto and sometimes reaching the soprano 2. a singer with such a voice; a male alto 3 …   English World dictionary

  • alto — [al′tō] n. pl. altos [It < L altus, high: see ALTITUDE] 1. the range of the lowest female voice or the highest male voice; specif., a) CONTRALTO b) COUNTERTENOR 2. a) …   English World dictionary

  • Countertenor — Voice type Female voices Soprano Mezzo soprano Contralto Male voices Countertenor Tenor Baritone Bass A countertenor is a male singing voice whose vocal range is equivalent to that of a contralto, mezzo soprano, or (less frequently) a soprano,… …   Wikipedia

  • countertenor — /kown teuhr ten euhr/, n. Music. 1. an adult male voice or voice part higher than the tenor. 2. a singer with such a voice; a high tenor. Also called male alto. [1350 1400; ME cownturtenur, appar. < AF; cf. MF contreteneur, OIt contratenore,… …   Universalium

  • Alto — I Ạlto   [italienisch], Musik:    1) Contrạlto, die Altstimme (Alt, Countertenor);    2) französische Bezeichnung für Viola (von italienisch alto viola);    3) im Jazz übliche Kurzform für Altsaxophon (vo …   Universal-Lexikon

  • countertenor — I noun 1. a male singer with a voice above that of a tenor • Hypernyms: ↑alto 2. the highest adult male singing voice • Syn: ↑alto • Derivationally related forms: ↑alto ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • alto — /ˈæltoʊ / (say altoh) Music –noun (plural altos) 1. the lowest female voice or voice part; contralto. 2. the highest male voice or voice part; countertenor. 3. a singer with an alto voice. 4. a musical part for an alto voice. 5. the second… …   Australian English dictionary

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