contralto


contralto
/keuhn tral"toh/, n., pl. contraltos, adj. Music.
n.
1. the lowest female voice or voice part, intermediate between soprano and tenor.
2. the alto, or highest male voice or voice part.
3. a singer with a contralto voice.
adj.
4. pertaining to the contralto voice or its compass.
[1720-30; < It, equiv. to contr(a) CONTRA-2 + alto ALTO]

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      in vocal music, the second-highest voice in four-part music, also called alto (q.v.).

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