noun Music.

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
Also called male alto. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for countertenor

falsetto, alto, countertenor

British Dictionary definitions for countertenor



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