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castrato

[ka-strah-toh, kuh-; Italian kah-strah-taw] /kæˈstrɑ toʊ, kə-; Italian kɑˈstrɑ tɔ/
noun, plural castrati
[ka-strah-tee, kuh-; Italian kah-strah-tee] /kæˈstrɑ ti, kə-; Italian kɑˈstrɑ ti/ (Show IPA)
1.
a male singer, especially in the 18th century, castrated before puberty to prevent his soprano or contralto voice range from changing.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < Italian < Latin castrāt(us); see castrate
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British Dictionary definitions for castrato

castrato

/kæˈstrɑːtəʊ/
noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ), -tos
1.
(in 17th- and 18th-century opera) a male singer whose testicles were removed before puberty, allowing the retention of a soprano or alto voice
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from Latin castrātus castrated
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Word Origin and History for castrato
n.

1763, from Italian castrato, from Latin castratus (see castration).

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