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1alto

noun al·to \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

1
a :  countertenor
b :  contralto
2
:  the second highest voice part in a 4-part chorus
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

2alto

adjective

: 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

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