al·to / ˈaltō/ • n. (pl. -tos) Mus. a voice, instrument, or part below the highest range and above tenor, in particular: ∎ the highest adult male singing voice; countertenor. ∎ the lowest female singing voice; contralto. ∎ [as adj.] denoting the member of a family of instruments pitched second or third highest: alto flute. ∎ an alto instrument, esp. an alto saxophone.
alto In singing, the highest male voice, also called countertenor; or the lowest female voice, also called contralto. It is also used to describe that member of a family of instruments with a range that corresponds to the alto voice; for example, an alto flute is a fourth lower than a standard one.
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