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alto

noun al·to \ ˈal-(ˌ)tō , ˈȯl- \
|Updated on: 7 Aug 2018

Definition of alto

plural altos
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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of alto

Italian, literally, high, from Latin altus


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alto

adjective

Definition of alto

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

Examples of alto in a Sentence

  1. He plays the alto sax.

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First Known Use of alto

circa 1724

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ALTO Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of alto for English Language Learners

  • 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


alto

Definition of alto for English Language Learners

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


ALTO Defined for Kids

alto

noun al·to \ ˈal-tō \

Definition of alto for Students

plural altos
1 : the lowest female singing voice
2 : the second highest part in harmony that has four parts
3 : a singer or an instrument having an alto range or part

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