fal·​set·​to | \ fȯl-ˈse-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce falsetto (audio) \
plural falsettos

Definition of falsetto

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an artificially high voice especially : an artificially produced singing voice that overlaps and extends above the range of the full voice especially of a tenor
2 : a singer who uses falsetto



Definition of falsetto (Entry 2 of 2)

: in falsetto

Examples of falsetto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Barasch brandishes a piercing falsetto to impress upon us Orpheus’ innocent intensity. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Her voice has only become richer and more nuanced over the years, her range spanning a low purr all the way up to a floating falsetto, her ability to effortlessly bend a lyric to her will as supple as ever. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, 25 Feb. 2022 Miles gave a dynamic performance, starting at the piano before getting up to show off her magical falsetto. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Luke likes the way his falsetto and full voice are intertwined. Rodney Ho, ajc, 11 Apr. 2022 His trademark falsetto can sound strained; his midrange is grainy, and sometimes slightly out of tune, especially on the live albums. Craig Morgan Teicher, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2022 The judges were impressed with her choice of singing the first chorus in a soft falsetto and ultimately building up to a powerful vocal delivery that would surely make Adele proud. Fred Sahai, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2022 The Admirals have a history of catchy and sometimes boundary-pushing promotions from a mini-concert by Tiny Tim (the kitschy 1970s act known for his falsetto and ukulele) to pro wrestling to a jockstrap giveaway. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Feb. 2022 Instead of singing in The Weeknd's signature falsetto tone, Clarkson scaled down the pitch for her vocal delivery and added her trademark vocal runs for stylistic effect. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 26 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Neighbourhood The Neighbourhood knows how to pair a high-flying falsetto vocal with a gut-rumbling low-end synth line. John Adamian, courant.com, 18 June 2018 Across those three tracks, Timberlake fashioned a new sound with the Neptunes, the production duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, shedding his pop-singer sheen for dirty drums, falsetto vocal runs, and, notably, guitar. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2018 Fats Domino announced himself with this single: a two-fisted boogie-woogie piano intro with tremolo flourishes, verses that establish his 200-pound physique and his New Orleans locale and a falsetto vocal like a trumpet solo. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of falsetto


1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for falsetto


Italian, from diminutive of falso false, from Latin falsus

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15 May 2022

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“Falsetto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsetto. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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