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falsetto (fôlsĕt´tō) [Ital.,=diminutive of false], high-pitched, unnatural tones above the normal register of the male voice, produced, according to some theories, by the vibration of only the edges of the larynx. Some male altos are tenors skilled in the use of falsetto. Falsetto tone is usually thin and expressionless, but can be used with good effect.

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fal·set·to / fôlˈsetō/ • n. (pl. -tos) Mus. a method of voice production used by male singers, esp. tenors, to sing notes higher than their normal range: he sang in a piercing falsetto. ∎  a voice or sound that is unusually or unnaturally high.

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falsetto (It.). Singing method used by males, particularly tens., to achieve a note or notes higher than comes within the normal range of their v. Often used for comic effect, e.g. Falstaff imitating the Merry Wives in Verdi's opera.

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falsetto (mus.) voice of a register above the natural. XVIII. — It., dim. of falso FALSE.

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