countertenor

[koun-ter-ten-er]

noun Music.

an adult male voice or voice part higher than the tenor.
a singer with such a voice; a high tenor.

Nearby words

  1. counterstatement,
  2. counterstroke,
  3. countersubject,
  4. countersue,
  5. countersuit,
  6. counterterrorism,
  7. countertop,
  8. countertraction,
  9. countertrade,
  10. countertransference

Origin of countertenor

1350–1400; Middle English cownturenur, apparently < Anglo-French; compare Middle French contreteneur, Old Italian contratenore, equivalent to contra- contra-2 + tenore tenor

Also called male alto.

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British Dictionary definitions for countertenor

countertenor

noun

an adult male voice with an alto range
a singer with such a voice
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