Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A male voice in an upper register beyond its normal range.
  • n. One who sings or talks in this register.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A false or artificial voice; that voice in a man which lies above his natural voice; the male counter tenor or alto voice. See Head voice, under voice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The highest or smallest register or quality in both male and female voices: so called because in its untrained state it is more or less unnatural and forced, and because at best it is usually intractable.
  • Having the quality and compass of the falsetto.
  • Assumed; constrained; unnaturally high-pitched; false.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. artificially high; above the normal voice range
  • n. a male singing voice with artificially high tones in an upper register

Etymologies

Italian, diminutive of falso, false, from Latin falsus; see false.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian falso. (Wiktionary)

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