- the lowest female voice or voice part, intermediate between soprano and tenor.
- the alto, or highest male voice or voice part.
- a singer with a contralto voice.
- pertaining to the contralto voice or its compass.
Origin of contralto
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Examples from the Web for contralto
It was a contralto voice, of a quality that made his pulses leap.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
That is not an instrument for the production of tones in the contralto compass.The Child-Voice in Singing
Francis E. Howard
The second man might be an artificial soprano or a contralto.
It is for two voices, a soprano and contralto, and is excellently written.
It is a contralto that can express profound depths of feeling.The Girls at Mount Morris</p>
Amanda Minnie Douglas
- the lowest female voice, usually having a range of approximately from F a fifth below middle C to D a ninth above itIn the context of a choir often shortened to: alto
- a singer with such a voice
- of or denoting a contraltothe contralto part
C18: from Italian; see contra-, alto
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Word Origin and History for contralto
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The lowest range of the female singing voice; alto.
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