The lowest female voice or voice part, intermediate in range between soprano and tenor.
A woman having a contralto voice.
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.
Of, for, or having the range of a contralto.
(music) The lowest female voice or voice part, falling between tenor and mezzo-soprano. The terms contralto and alto refer to a similar musical pitch, but among singers, the term contralto is reserved for female singers; the equivalent male form is counter-tenor. Originally the contratenor altus was a high countermelody sung against the tenor or main melody.
Other Word Forms
Origin of contralto
- Italian contra- below (from Latin contrā- contra-) alto alto alto
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Contraction of contratenor alto, from Latin contratenor altus.