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castrato

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noun, cas·tra·to \ka-ˈsträ-(ˌ)tō, kə-\

Definition of castrato

plural castratiplay \-tē\

  1. :  a singer castrated before puberty to preserve the soprano or contralto range of his voice



Origin of castrato

Italian, from past participle of castrare to castrate, from Latin


First Known Use: 1763

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