counter tenor


noun Music.
an adult male voice or voice part higher than the tenor.
a singer with such a voice; a high tenor.
Also called male alto.

1350–1400; Middle English cownturtenur, apparently < Anglo-French; compare Middle French contreteneur, Old Italian contratenore, equivalent to contra- contra-2 + tenore tenor Unabridged
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countertenor (ˌkaʊntəˈtɛnə)
1.  an adult male voice with an alto range
2.  a singer with such a voice

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