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countertenor

[koun-ter-ten-er] /ˈkaʊn tərˌtɛn ər/
noun, Music.
1.
an adult male voice or voice part higher than the tenor.
2.
a singer with such a voice; a high tenor.
Also called male alto.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English cownturtenur, apparently < Anglo-French; compare Middle French contreteneur, Old Italian contratenore, equivalent to contra- contra-2 + tenore tenor
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  • His father was a locally famous countertenor, but in fact the entire family was talented and the house never silent.
  • Each cycle has solos for countertenor and soprano flanked by choruses.
British Dictionary definitions for countertenor

countertenor

/ˌkaʊntəˈtɛnə/
noun
1.
an adult male voice with an alto range
2.
a singer with such a voice
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