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Contraction of contratenor alto, from Latin contratenor altus.

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contralto (plural contraltos or contralti)

  1. (music) The lowest female voice or voice part, falling between tenor and mezzo-soprano. The terms contralto and alto refer to a similar musical pitch, but among singers, the term contralto is reserved for female singers; the equivalent male form is counter-tenor. Originally the contratenor altus was a high countermelody sung against the tenor or main melody.

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

contra- +‎ alto.

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contralto m (plural contralti)

  1. contralto (female)
  2. counter-tenor (male)

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contralto m (plural contraltos)

  1. (music) contralto (voice between tenor and mezzo-soprano)
  2. (music) contralto (singer with this voice)