contralto

noun con·tral·to \ kən-ˈtral-(ˌ)tō \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of contralto

plural contraltos
1 a : a singing voice having a range between tenor and mezzo-soprano
b : a person having this voice
2 : the part sung by a contralto

Examples of contralto in a Sentence

  1. a duet performed by a soprano and a contralto

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Origin and Etymology of contralto

Italian, from contra- + alto


CONTRALTO Defined for English Language Learners

contralto

noun

Definition of contralto for English Language Learners

  • : the lowest female singing voice; also : a female singer with such a voice


CONTRALTO Defined for Kids

contralto

noun con·tral·to \ kən-ˈtral-tō \

Definition of contralto for Students

plural contraltos
1 : the lowest female singing voice : alto
2 : a singer with a low female singing voice

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