male alto
noun Date: circa 1890 countertenor

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  • male alto — male′ al′to n. mad countertenor • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • male alto — noun : a male singer singing falsetto called also countertenor * * * countertenor. [1875 80] …   Useful english dictionary

  • male alto — countertenor. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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

  • alto — (n.) 1784, man with an alto voice, from It. alto (canto), from L. altus high (see OLD (Cf. old)). Originally a high man s voice, now more commonly applied to the lower range of women s voices (which is more strictly the CONTRALTO (Cf. contralto)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • alto — [[t]æ̱ltoʊ[/t]] altos 1) N COUNT: oft N n An alto is a woman who has a low singing voice. ...the altos, the tenors, the sopranos. ...the famous alto aria Have Mercy Lord on me . Syn: contralto 2) N COUNT An alto or male alto is a man who has the… …   English dictionary

  • alto — Synonyms and related words: Heldentenor, Meistersinger, accompaniment, aria singer, baritenor, baritone, bass, basso, basso buffo, basso cantante, basso continuo, basso ostinato, basso profundo, bassus, blues singer, canary, cantatrice, canto,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Malè — Malè …   Wikipedia Español

  • Alto — Al to, n.; pl. {Altos}. [It. alto high, fr. L. altus. Cf. {Alt}.] 1. (Mus.) Formerly the part sung by the highest male, or counter tenor, voices; now the part sung by the lowest female, or contralto, voices, between in tenor and soprano. In… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alto clef — Alto Al to, n.; pl. {Altos}. [It. alto high, fr. L. altus. Cf. {Alt}.] 1. (Mus.) Formerly the part sung by the highest male, or counter tenor, voices; now the part sung by the lowest female, or contralto, voices, between in tenor and soprano. In… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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