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al·to

 (ăl′tō)
n. pl. al·tos
1. A low female singing voice; a contralto.
2. A countertenor.
3.
a. The range between soprano and tenor.
b. A singer whose voice lies within this range.
c. An instrument that sounds within this range.
d. A vocal or instrumental part written in this range.

[Italian, from Latin altus, high; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

alto

(ˈæltəʊ)
n, pl -tos
1. (Classical Music) the highest adult male voice; countertenor
2. (Music, other) (in choral singing) a shortened form of contralto
3. (Classical Music) a singer with such a voice
4. (Instruments) another name for viola11
5. (Classical Music) a flute, saxophone, etc, that is the third or fourth highest instrument in its group
adj
(Classical Music) denoting a flute, saxophone, etc, that is the third or fourth highest instrument in its group
[C18: from Italian: high, from Latin altus]

al•to

(ˈæl toʊ)

n., pl. -tos,
adj. n.
3. the second highest part of a four-part chorus.
4. the second highest instrument in a family of musical instruments.
adj.
5. of, pertaining to, or having the range of an alto.
[1775–85; < Italian < Latin altus high]

alto-

var. of alti-: altostratus.

alto

High in Italian. The lower type of female voice, but originally in church music the male high voice above the melody sung by tenors. Now mainly used to describe boys and female voices in choirs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alto - a singer whose voice lies in the alto clefalto - a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
countertenor - a male singer with a voice above that of a tenor
singer, vocalist, vocalizer, vocaliser - a person who sings
2.alto - the lowest female singing voicealto - the lowest female singing voice  
singing voice - the musical quality of the voice while singing
3.alto - the highest adult male singing voicealto - the highest adult male singing voice
singing voice - the musical quality of the voice while singing
4.alto - (of a musical instrument) the second highest instrument in a family of musical instruments
pitch - the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
5.alto - the pitch range of the lowest female voicealto - the pitch range of the lowest female voice
pitch - the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
Adj.1.alto - of or being the lowest female voicealto - of or being the lowest female voice
low-pitched, low - used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
2.alto - of or being the highest male voicealto - of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor
high-pitched, high - used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
3.alto - (of a musical instrument) second highest member of a groupalto - (of a musical instrument) second highest member of a group; "alto clarinet or recorder"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
high-pitched, high - used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency

alto

adjective
Being a sound produced by a relatively small frequency of vibrations:
Translations
أعْلَى الأصْوَات فِي غِنَاء الرِّجَال
alt
alt
alt
altrödd
altas
alts
alt
en kalın kadın sesi

alto

[ˈæltəʊ]
A. N (= instrument, male singer) → alto m; (= female singer) → contralto f
B. ADJalto
C. CPD alto saxophone Nsaxofón m alto

alto

[ˈæltəʊ]
n (= singer) (female)contralto m; (male)haute-contre f
modif [voice] (female)de contralto; (male)de haute-contre; [recorder, clarinet] → alto alto saxophone

alto

n
(= voice)Alt m, → Altstimme f; (= person)Alt m
(also alto saxophone)Altsaxofon nt, → Altsaxophon nt
adjAlt-; an alto voiceeine Altstimme; alto partAltpartie f
adv to sing altoAlt singen

alto

[ˈæltəʊ] n (instrument) → contralto; (male) → contraltino; (female) → contralto

alto

(ˈӕltəu) plural ˈaltos noun
(a singer having) a singing voice of the lowest pitch for a woman.
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