noun (plural contraltos or, rarely, contralti)
Etymology: Contraction of contratenor alto, from Latin contratenor altus.
- (context, music) the lowest female voice or voice part, higher than tenor and lower than 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.
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