from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music The lowest female voice or voice part, intermediate in range between soprano and tenor.
- n. Music A woman having a contralto voice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The part sung by the highest male or lowest female voices; the alto or counter tenor.
- n. the voice or singer performing this part.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a contralto, or to the part in music called contralto.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In modern music, the voice intermediate in quality and range between soprano and tenor, having a usual compass of about two octaves upward from the F below middle C; the lowest of the varieties of the female voice.
- n. A singer with a contralto voice.
- Pertaining to, or possessed of the quality of, a contralto: as, a contralto voice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or being the lowest female voice
- n. the lowest female singing voice
- n. a woman singer having a contralto voice
Italian : contra-, below (from Latin contrā-, contra-) + alto, alto; see alto.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Contraction of contratenor alto, from Latin contratenor altus. (Wiktionary)