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alto

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noun al·to \ˈal-(ˌ)tō\

Simple Definition of alto

  • 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

Full Definition of alto

plural altos

  1. 1 a :  countertenor b :  contralto

  2. 2 :  the second highest voice part in a 4-part chorus

  3. 3 :  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


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alto

adjective al·to

Simple Definition of alto

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

Full Definition of alto

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

Examples of alto

  1. He plays the alto sax.



Circa 1724

First Known Use of alto

circa 1724


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