[ alt ]
/ ælt /
in alt, in the first octave above the treble staff.
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Origin of alt
1525–35; <Provençal <Latin altum, noun use of neuter of altus high
Definition for alt (2 of 4)
variant of alti- before a vowel: altazimuth.
Definition for alt (3 of 4)
a combining form of alternative, used in compound words describing a nontraditional or unconventional version within a genre or category, often something provocative, subversive, or innovative: alt-country bands; the alt-right movement;alt-weeklies;writers of alt-lit;quinoa and other alt-grains.
Origin of alt-2
First recorded in 1985–90; from the use of the prefix alt- in Usenet, to denote newsgroups with unconventional discussion topics
Definition for alt (4 of 4)
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British Dictionary definitions for alt
/ (ælt) music /
(esp of vocal music) high in pitch
of or relating to the octave commencing with the G above the top line of the treble staff
in alt in the octave directly above the treble staff
Word Origin for alt
C16: from Provençal, from Latin altus high, deep
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Medical definitions for alt
[ ā′ĕl-tē′ ]
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