castrato

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noun cas·tra·to \ka-ˈsträ-(ˌ)tō, kə-\

Definition of castrato

plural

castrati

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

Origin and Etymology of castrato

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


First Known Use: 1763


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