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countertenor

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noun coun·ter·ten·or \-ˌte-nər\

Definition of countertenor

  1. :  a tenor with an unusually high range (as an alto range)



Origin of countertenor

Middle English countretenour part balancing the tenor, from Middle French contreteneur, from contre- + teneur tenor


First Known Use: 15th century

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