noun pl. falsettos
- an artificial way of singing or speaking, in which the voice is placed in a register much higher than that of the natural voice
- the voice used in such singing, esp. by tenors, usually having a soft, colorless quality
- a person singing or speaking in falsettoalso falsettist
Origin: It, dim. of falso, false < L falsus, false
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noun pl. fal·set·tos
- A male voice in an upper register beyond its normal range.
- One who sings or talks in this register.
Origin: Italian, diminutive of falso, false, from Latin falsus; see false.
- fal·setˈto adverb