countertenor

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noun coun·ter·ten·or \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌte-nər\

Definition of countertenor

  1. :  a tenor with an unusually high range (such as an alto range)

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Origin and Etymology of countertenor

Middle English countretenour part balancing the tenor, from Middle French contreteneur, from contre- + teneur tenor


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