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.

Origin of falsetto

1765–75; < Italian, equivalent to fals(o) (< Latin falsus false) + -etto -et
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Examples from the Web for falsetto

Contemporary Examples of falsetto

Historical Examples of falsetto

  • A wit, in a falsetto scream, asked if he might have the next dance.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • He was a creature that had no falsetto in a single fibre of his being, no shadow of affectation.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • He had to repeat this in a falsetto voice before June understood.

    The End of Time

    Wallace West

  • It was just then that Ebony observed him and uttered a falsetto cry of astonishment.

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • She convinces herself that Jack Valentine is not only a falsetto, but a financier.

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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