noun, plural fal·set·tos.

an unnaturally or artificially high-pitched voice or register, especially in a man.
a person, especially a man, who sings with such a voice.


of, noting, or having the quality and compass of such a voice.


in a falsetto.

Nearby words

  1. false-positive,
  2. false-positive reaction,
  3. false-start,
  4. falsehood,
  5. falseness,
  6. falsework,
  7. falsie,
  8. falsies,
  9. falsifiable,
  10. falsification

Origin of falsetto

1765–75; < Italian, equivalent to fals(o) (< Latin falsus false) + -etto -et

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British Dictionary definitions for falsetto


noun plural -tos

a form of vocal production used by male singers to extend their range upwards beyond its natural compass by limiting the vibration of the vocal cords

Word Origin for falsetto

C18: from Italian, from falso false

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Word Origin and History for falsetto



"an artificial voice," 1774, Italian, diminutive of falso "false," from Latin falsus (see false).

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