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.
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How to use falsetto in a sentence
One section that gets the blood pumping more than any other is the second half of the chorus, in which the low-toned voices of rappers singing “baby hold on” are woven together with vocalists’ light falsettos in a dynamic contrast of vocal timbres.
You might laugh at first at his ridiculous falsetto, and then you might blast the song 20 times in a row due to its relentless exuberance.
While many of IU’s tracks are sung in a weightier fashion, her singing here is airy and delicate —whether in the soft falsetto or the whispery ooh’s that fill the post-chorus.
He made his first digital splashes back in 2011 as a mystery man, refusing to assign a name or face to his voice — a floating, yearning falsetto that sounded like it was trying to escape the loneliness of living inside the body that had produced it.At the weirdest Super Bowl, the Weeknd came to play | Chris Richards | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Fans of Earth, Wind & Fire need only hear a few notes of Philip Bailey’s iconic falsetto before they start to swoon, sway and sing along.Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey Hosts Virtual Holiday Gala | cmurray | December 3, 2020 | Essence.com
They wrote big songs with big falsetto choruses designed for big sing-alongs in big stadiums.Gwyneth Paltrow Haunts Coldplay’s Self-Conscious Breakup Album ‘Ghost Stories’ | Andrew Romano | May 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And he starts to sing it, filling the room with his sweet, fragile tenor, shifting to a falsetto that cuts straight to the heart.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou | John Ed Bradley | April 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Unlike his falsetto and his "cool dad" penchant for fedoras, this rumored affair is just so not cute.Marry, Screw, Kill: Lindsay Lohan Sex List Scandal Edition | Amy Zimmerman | March 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His three-octave falsetto was also used to good advantage in Mars Attacks!
That high falsetto is frighteningly convincing, which raises the question: could a man really have pulled it off?Listen Here: Voicemails From Manti Te’o’s ‘Girlfriend’ | Lizzie Crocker | January 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Well, if it ain't ole Turkeyneck in person," he called in a high falsetto voice, as the two entered.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
At last his companion had got into the habit of looking up at him whenever he cried in a falsetto voice, "Mignonne."A Passion in the Desert | Honore de Balzac
The trolley-wire, lifting a whole city home to supper, is a giant with a falsetto voice.The Voice of the Machines | Gerald Stanley Lee
After the squalling falsetto had implored for a long time, the assailant at last gave over the exercise.The Landloper | Holman Day
The employment of the falsetto at any time, either in speaking or reading, is of doubtful taste.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 | Ministry of Education
British Dictionary definitions for falsetto
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
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