alto /ˈaltəʊ/


I. noun

1. (especially in church music) the highest adult male singing voice (sometimes distinguished from the countertenor voice as using falsetto).
2. the lowest female singing voice; contralto.
3. a person with an alto voice.
4. a part written for an alto voice.
5. [as modifier] denoting the member of a family of instruments pitched second or third highest

alto flute.
6. an alto saxophone.
II. derivatives


– origin late 16th cent.: from Italian alto (canto) ‘high (song)’.

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