- 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
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Examples from the Web for falsetto
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
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
March 12, 2014
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
He had to repeat this in a falsetto voice before June understood.The End of Time
It was just then that Ebony observed him and uttered a falsetto cry of astonishment.The Fugitives
She convinces herself that Jack Valentine is not only a falsetto, but a financier.Strictly Business
- 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
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper