countertenor

[ koun-ter-ten-er ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌtɛn ər /

noun Music.

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

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Also called male alto.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for countertenor

countertenor
/ (ˌkaʊntəˈtɛnə) /

noun

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