castrato

noun
cas·​tra·​to | \ka-ˈsträ-(ˌ)tō, kə-\
plural castrati\-​tē \

Definition of castrato 

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

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Farinelli, the castrato at the center of Claire van Kampen’s baroque drama about the healing powers of music, sings his final solo. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 Farinelli, the castrato at the center of Claire van Kampen’s baroque drama about the healing powers of music, sings his final solo. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 Farinelli, the castrato at the center of Claire van Kampen’s baroque drama about the healing powers of music, sings his final solo. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 Farinelli, the castrato at the center of Claire van Kampen’s baroque drama about the healing powers of music, sings his final solo. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 Farinelli, the castrato at the center of Claire van Kampen’s baroque drama about the healing powers of music, sings his final solo. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 Farinelli, the castrato at the center of Claire van Kampen’s baroque drama about the healing powers of music, sings his final solo. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 Farinelli, the castrato at the center of Claire van Kampen’s baroque drama about the healing powers of music, sings his final solo. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 Farinelli, the castrato at the center of Claire van Kampen’s baroque drama about the healing powers of music, sings his final solo. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of castrato

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for castrato

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

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