- an adult male voice, usually in falsetto, with a range similar to the contralto and sometimes reaching the soprano
- a voice or singer with such a range; a male alto
- a part for such a voice
Origin of countertenorMiddle English countretenour from Old French contreteneur: see counter- and tenor
of, for, or having the range of a countertenor
- An adult male voice with a range above that of tenor.
- A singer having a voice within this range.
counter- + tenor