falsetto

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noun

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

falsetto

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adverb

: in falsetto

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
On a break between takes during a night shoot, Branagh tried to amuse her by singing in his slightly falsetto voice. John Lahr, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2022 Finneas’ piano lines wove around Eilish’s dazed falsetto. Sarah Grant, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2022 Over contemplative acoustic guitar, Pardy showcases his powerfully confident voice, moving between a near-falsetto and an almost-yell. Spin Staff, SPIN, 3 Oct. 2022 Watch Shaq, Mario, Omarion and more try to hit the infamous falsetto! Essence, 20 Sep. 2022 Hart co-wrote most of their hits with producer Thom Bell, and his stunning falsetto gave the group a signature sound. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2022 How To Let Go makes an instant anthem out of a taxi driver drowning out a passenger’s sorrows with a timely twist of the volume knob, and Sigrid deploys her falsetto with utmost care throughout. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 9 May 2022 Within the same breath, luscious lows morph into piercing falsetto. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 29 July 2022 But recognizing the drummer’s skill takes nothing away from Green, a vocal mastermind with a unicorn of a falsetto, a grainy, galvanizing mid-range, and the ability to blurt like a horn or wobble like an organ or peal like a church bell. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 29 Dec. 2021
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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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Italian, from diminutive of falso false, from Latin falsus

First Known Use

Noun

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of falsetto was in 1721

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Cite this Entry

“Falsetto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsetto. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

falsetto

noun

fal·​set·​to
fȯl-ˈset-ō
plural falsettos
: an artificially high voice

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