Definition of contralto
1a : a singing voice having a range between tenor and mezzo-sopranob : a person having this voice
2 : the part sung by a contralto
Examples of contralto in a Sentence
a duet performed by a soprano and a contralto
Recent Examples of contralto from the Web
Cuervo’s monologues were delivered in a dusky contralto.
Vocally, the range of Frida goes from extremely low, contralto-land to soprano-land.
Melina Jaharis brought a rich contralto to Ma Moss, Laurie's widowed mother, who lives an unrealized life through her daughters.
With new album Turn Up the Quiet, Krall brings her smoky contralto and considerable piano-playing skills back to jazz standards by the likes of Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer.
Ms. Amereau is herself something of a welcome throwback at a time when countertenors have all but displaced contraltos in early music.
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Origin and Etymology of contralto
Italian, from contra- + alto
First Known Use: 1740See Words from the same year
CONTRALTO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contralto for English Language Learners
: the lowest female singing voice; also : a female singer with such a voice
CONTRALTO Defined for Kids
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