Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

castrato

[ka-strah-toh, kuh-; Italian kah-strah-taw]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural cas·tra·ti [ka-strah-tee, kuh-; Italian kah-strah-tee] /kæˈstrɑ ti, kə-; Italian kɑˈstrɑ ti/.
  1. a male singer, especially in the 18th century, castrated before puberty to prevent his soprano or contralto voice range from changing.

Origin of castrato

1755–65; < Italian < Latin castrāt(us); see castrate
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for castrati

Historical Examples

  • Our good-byes at Castrati before starting were affectionate and protracted.

    Albania

    E. F. Knight

  • This is the house of a great man, a chieftain; and we were told the name of the place is Castrati.

    Albania

    E. F. Knight

  • However, just as the sun was setting we approached the hut of Castrati.

    Albania

    E. F. Knight

  • Eunuchs are capable of affording illicit pleasure, whilst the male sopranos, or castrati, are often utilized for that purpose.

  • We entered the large lower room, which in every respect was similar to that in which we passed the previous night at Castrati.

    Albania

    E. F. Knight


British Dictionary definitions for castrati

castrato

noun plural -ti (-tɪ) or -tos
  1. (in 17th- and 18th-century opera) a male singer whose testicles were removed before puberty, allowing the retention of a soprano or alto voice

Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from Latin castrātus castrated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for castrati

n.

plural of castrato.

castrato

n.

1763, from Italian castrato, from Latin castratus (see castration).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper