contralto definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. contraltos or contralti
- the range of a low female voice between mezzo-soprano and tenor, usually from about the first F below middle C to the second F above; alto
- a voice or singer with such a range
- a part for such a voice
Origin: It: see contra- and amp; alto
of, for, or having the range of a contralto
contralto definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. con·tral·tos Music Abbr. contr.
- The lowest female voice or voice part, intermediate in range between soprano and tenor.
- A woman having a contralto voice.
Origin: Italian : contra-, below (from Latin contrā-, contra-) + alto, alto; see alto.
contralto - Cultural Definition
The lowest range of the female singing voice; alto.