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contralto (kəntrăl´tō), female voice of lowest pitch. Originally, the term denoted a second voice set against (contra) a high voice (alto); thus, a second high voice. Since most second parts were for a high male voice or a low woman's voice, the term came to mean a low woman's voice, pitched about a fifth below the soprano. See also alto; countertenor; voice.

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contralto (It.). The lowest of the ranges of female v., with a normal range g–g″. Originally term meant a male singer, falsetto or castrato, being derived from ‘contr’ alto', abbrev. of contratenor altus.

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con·tral·to / kənˈtraltō/ • n. (pl. -tos) the lowest female singing voice. ∎  a singer with such a voice. ∎  a part written for such a voice.

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contralto Lowest range (below soprano and mezzo-soprano) of the female singing voice. A male voice in this range is called a countertenor. See also alto

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contralto XVIII (earlier contrealt). — It., f. CONTRA- and ALTO.

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