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contralto

[kuh n-tral-toh] /kənˈtræl toʊ/ Music.
noun, plural contraltos.
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.
adjective
4.
pertaining to the contralto voice or its compass.
Origin of contralto
1720-1730
1720-30; < Italian, equivalent to contr(a) contra-2 + alto alto
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contralto

/kənˈtræltəʊ; -ˈtrɑːl-/
noun (pl) -tos, -ti (-tɪ)
1.
the lowest female voice, usually having a range of approximately from F a fifth below middle C to D a ninth above it In the context of a choir often shortened to alto
2.
a singer with such a voice
adjective
3.
of or denoting a contralto: the contralto part
Word Origin
C18: from Italian; see contra-, alto
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Word Origin and History for contralto
n.

"lowest female voice," 1730, from Italian contralto; see contra- "against, opposite" + alto. The part next above the alto.

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contralto in Culture
contralto [(kuhn-tral-toh)]

The lowest range of the female singing voice; alto.

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