Falsetto definition

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A voice in a register higher than a person's usual register, resulting from a change in the way the vocal cords are vibrated.
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An artificial way of singing or speaking, in which the voice is placed in a register much higher than that of the natural voice.
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A person singing or speaking in falsetto.
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Of or singing in falsetto.
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(countable or uncountable) The "false" (singing) voice in any human, usually airy and lacking a purity of vowels; created by utilizing the next highest vocal folds above those used for speech and normal range singing. It is commonly confused with the Head Voice register.
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One who sings or talks in this register.
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The voice used in such singing, esp. by tenors, usually having a soft, colorless quality.
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In falsetto.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
falsetto
Plural:
falsettos

Origin of falsetto

  • Italian diminutive of falso false from Latin falsus false

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian falso.

    From Wiktionary