[koun-ter-ten-er]See more synonyms for countertenor on Thesaurus.com
- an adult male voice or voice part higher than the tenor.
- a singer with such a voice; a high tenor.
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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for countertenor
- an adult male voice with an alto range
- a singer with such a voice
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