noun, plural con·tral·tos.
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
equivalent to contr(a) contra-2
+ alto alto
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noun plural -tos or -ti (-tɪ)
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
Word Origin for contralto
C18: from Italian; see contra-, alto
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Word Origin and History for contralto
"lowest female voice," 1730, from Italian contralto; see contra- "against, opposite" + alto. The part next above the alto.
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The lowest range of the female singing voice; alto.
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