countertenor

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coun·ter·ten·or

 (koun′tər-tĕn′ər)
n.
1. An adult male voice with a range above that of tenor.
2. A singer having a voice within this range.

countertenor

(ˌkaʊntəˈtɛnə)
n
1. (Music, other) an adult male voice with an alto range
2. (Music, other) a singer with such a voice

coun•ter•ten•or

(ˈkaʊn tərˌtɛn ər)

n.
1. a tenor who can approximate the vocal range of a female alto without resort to falsetto.
2. a voice part for a countertenor.
[1350–1400; Middle English, appar. < Anglo-French; compare Middle French contreteneur, Italian contratenore=contra- contra-2 + tenore tenor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.countertenor - a male singer with a voice above that of a tenor
alto - a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
2.countertenor - the highest adult male singing voicecountertenor - the highest adult male singing voice
singing voice - the musical quality of the voice while singing
Adj.1.countertenor - of or being the highest male voicecountertenor - 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
Translations

countertenor

[ˈkaʊntəˌtenəʳ]
A. Ncontratenor m
B. CPD [voice] → de contratenor

countertenor

counter-tenor [ˈkaʊntərtɛnər] nhaute-contre mcounter-terrorism counterterrorism [ˌkaʊntərˈtɛrərɪzəm]
modif [official, expert, agent] → de l'antiterrorismecounter-terrorist [ˌkaʊntərˈtɛrərɪst] adjantiterroriste

countertenor

[ˌkaʊntəˈtɛnəʳ] ntenore m leggero
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