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Meaning of CONTRALTO

Pronunciation:  kun'traltow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the lowest female singing voice
  2. [n]  a woman singer having a contralto voice
  3. [adj]  of or being the lowest female voice

CONTRALTO is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: alto, alto, low, low-pitched
 See Also: Anderson, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Marian Anderson, Schumann-Heink, singer, singing voice, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*tral"to\ (? or ?), n. [It., fr. contra + alto.
    See {Alto}.] (Mus.)
    (a) The part sung by the highest male or lowest female
        voices; the alto or counter tenor.
    (b) the voice or singer performing this part; as, her voice
        is a contralto; she is a contralto.
    Note: The usual range of the contralto voice is from G, below
          middle C, to the C above that; though exceptionally it
          embraces two octaves.
  2. \Con*tral"to\ (? or ?), a. (Mus.)
    Of or pertaining to a contralto, or to the part in music
    called contralto; as, a contralto voice.
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