noun \ˈal-(ˌ)tō\

music : a singing voice that is lower than the voice of a soprano and higher than the voice of a tenor; also : a singer having such a voice

plural altos

Full Definition of ALTO

a :  countertenor
b :  contralto
:  the second highest voice part in a 4-part chorus
:  a member of a family of instruments having a range lower than that of the treble or soprano; especially :  an alto saxophone

Examples of ALTO

  1. She sang in her school choir as an alto.

Origin of ALTO

Italian, literally, high, from Latin altus
First Known Use: circa 1724



: having a range that is lower than a soprano and higher than a tenor

Full Definition of ALTO

:  relating to or having the range or part of an alto

Examples of ALTO

  1. He plays the alto sax.

First Known Use of ALTO

circa 1724


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Voice or register that extends approximately from the F below middle C to the second D above it. The second-highest part in four-part music, it is normally sung by women. The name derives from contratenor altus, the part above the tenor part. It is used for some instruments that play principally in the alto range (alto saxophone, alto flute, etc.). See also countertenor.

Variants of ALTO

alto or contralto


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