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con·tral·to

 (kən-trăl′tō)
n. pl. con·tral·tos Music
1. The lowest female voice or voice part, intermediate in range between soprano and tenor.
2. A woman having a contralto voice.

[Italian : contra-, below (from Latin contrā-, contra-) + alto, alto; see alto.]
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contralto

(kənˈtræltəʊ; -ˈtrɑːl-)
n, pl -tos or -ti (-tɪ)
1. (Music, other) the lowest female voice, usually having a range of approximately from F a fifth below middle C to D a ninth above it. In the context of a choir often shortened to: alto
2. (Music, other) a singer with such a voice
adj
(Music, other) of or denoting a contralto: the contralto part.
[C18: from Italian; see contra-, alto]
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con•tral•to

(kənˈtræl toʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
1. the lowest female voice or voice part, intermediate between soprano and tenor.
2. a singer with a contralto voice.
[1720–30; < Italian, =contr(a) contra-2 + alto alto]
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contralto

The lowest range of any female voice.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contralto - a woman singer having a contralto voicecontralto - a woman singer having a contralto voice
singer, vocalist, vocalizer, vocaliser - a person who sings
2.contralto - the lowest female singing voicecontralto - the lowest female singing voice  
singing voice - the musical quality of the voice while singing
Adj.1.contralto - of or being the lowest female voicecontralto - of or being the lowest female voice
low-pitched, low - used of sounds and voices; low in pitch or frequency
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contralto

adjective
Being a sound produced by a relatively small frequency of vibrations:
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Translations

contralto

[kənˈtræltəʊ]
A. N (contraltos or contralti (pl)) [kənˈtræltɪ] (= person) → contralto f
B. CPD [voice] → de contralto
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contralto

[kənˈtrɑːltəʊ]
n
(= singer) → contralto m
(= voice) → contralto m
modif [voice] → de contralto; [part, aria] → pour contralto
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contralto

n (= voice)Alt m; (= singer also)Altist(in) m(f)
adj voiceAlt-; the contralto partdie Altstimme, der Alt
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contralto

[kənˈtræltəʊ] ncontralto
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the Bass and Tenor of the Man and the Soprano and Contralto of the two Women?" "But supposing," said I, "that a man should prefer one wife or three?" "It is impossible," he said; "it is as inconceivable as that two and one should make five, or that the human eye should see a Straight Line." I would have interrupted him; but he proceeded as follows:
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"Mamma!" rang out the clear contralto notes of her childish voice, audible the whole length of the table.
All at once he heard, not far from the edge of the wood, the sound of Varenka's contralto voice, calling Grisha, and a smile of delight passed over Sergey Ivanovitch's face.
She sat entranced through `Robin Hood' and hung upon the lips of the contralto who sang, `Oh, Promise Me!'
Then placing herself in the full light of the lamp which lit the yard, -- "Gate!" cried she, with her finest contralto voice, and rapping at the window.
Lastly, her feet and hands were astonishing, and her voice a deep contralto. Sometimes, when she laughed, she displayed her teeth, but at ordinary times her air was taciturn and haughty--especially in the presence of Polina and Maria Philipovna.
A chorus from Olivette, sung in her clear contralto, grew fainter and fainter until it ended in the slam of a distant door.
She hated the cheap furniture of the little parlour, the penetrating contralto of the cook singing hymns in the kitchen, and the ubiquitousness of her small brother.