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ca·stra·to

 (kă-strä′tō, kə-)
n. pl. ca·stra·ti (-tē) or ca·stra·tos
A male singer castrated before puberty so as to retain a soprano or alto voice.

[Italian, from Latin castrātus, past participle of castrāre, to castrate; see castrate.]

castrato

(kæˈstrɑːtəʊ)
n, pl -ti (-tɪ) or -tos
(Classical Music) (in 17th- and 18th-century opera) a male singer whose testicles were removed before puberty, allowing the retention of a soprano or alto voice
[C18: from Italian, from Latin castrātus castrated]

cas•tra•to

(kæˈstrɑ toʊ, kə-)

n., pl. -ti (-ti)
a male singer, esp. in the 18th century, castrated before puberty to prevent his soprano or contralto voice range from changing.
[1755–65; < Italian < Latin castrātus]

castrato

An adult male voice in soprano or contralto range achieved by castration to prevent voice deepening. Found in European church choirs in seventeenth and eighteenth century and a popular voice for operatic composers such as Handel.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.castrato - a male singer who was castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto voice
singer, vocalist, vocalizer, vocaliser - a person who sings
Translations
kastrat

castrato

[kæsˈtrɑːtəʊ] N (castrato or castrati (pl)) [kæsˈtrɑːtɪ]castrato m

castrato

n pl <castrati> → Kastrat m
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