- the range of the lowest adult female voice or the highest adult male voice; specif.,
- a voice or singer with such a range
- an instrument with a similar range within its family, as an alto saxophone
- a part for such a voice or instrument
- in four-part harmony, the second highest part
Origin of altoItalian ; from Classical Latin altus, high: see altitude
Origin of alto-; from Classical Latin altus, high
- A low female singing voice; a contralto.
- A countertenor.
- a. The range between soprano and tenor.b. A singer whose voice lies within this range.c. An instrument that sounds within this range.d. A vocal or instrumental part written in this range.
Origin of altoItalian, from Latin altus, high; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Nouns often modified by "alto": saxophone, clarinet, flute, recorder, part, solo, voice, singer.
From Italian alto (“high”)
alto - Computer Definition
(1) A Web-based e-mail client from AOL that organizes incoming messages into attractive folders. Launched in beta in 2012, Alto works with AOL mail as well as other e-mail accounts.
(2) The desktop computer from Xerox that pioneered the mouse/icon/desktop environment. Developed at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), it was the progenitor of Xerox's Star and Apple's Lisa and Mac. Designed in 1973 with built-in Ethernet, it had 128K of RAM, a 608x808 screen and a 2.5MB removable hard disk. About 1,000 Altos were in use by 1979. See PARC.