[ ka-strah-toh, kuh-; Italian kah-strah-taw ]
/ kæˈstrɑ toʊ, kə-; Italian kɑˈstrɑ tɔ /
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noun, plural cas·tra·ti [ka-strah-tee, kuh-; Italian kah-strah-tee]. /kæˈstrɑ ti, kə-; Italian kɑˈstrɑ ti/.
a male singer, especially in the 18th century, castrated before puberty to prevent his soprano or contralto voice range from changing.
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Origin of castrato
1755–65; <Italian <Latin castrāt(us); see castrate
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How to use castrato in a sentence
In regi libidinis voluptatem castrati sunt quidam; sed nemo sibi, ne vir esset, jubente domino, mantis intulit.The Essays of Montaigne, Complete|Michel de Montaigne
Our good-byes at Castrati before starting were affectionate and protracted.
This is the house of a great man, a chieftain; and we were told the name of the place is Castrati.
However, just as the sun was setting we approached the hut of Castrati.
Eunuchs are capable of affording illicit pleasure, whilst the male sopranos, or castrati, are often utilized for that purpose.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology|W. G. Aitchison Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for castrato
/ (kæˈstrɑːtəʊ) /
noun plural -ti (-tɪ) or -tos
(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 for castrato
C18: from Italian, from Latin castrātus castrated
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