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falsetto

[fawl-set-oh] /fɔlˈsɛt oʊ/
noun, plural falsettos.
1.
an unnaturally or artificially high-pitched voice or register, especially in a man.
2.
a person, especially a man, who sings with such a voice.
adjective
3.
of, noting, or having the quality and compass of such a voice.
adverb
4.
in a falsetto.
Origin of falsetto
1765-1775
1765-75; < Italian, equivalent to fals(o) (< Latin falsus false) + -etto -et
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falsetto

/fɔːlˈsɛtəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos
1.
a form of vocal production used by male singers to extend their range upwards beyond its natural compass by limiting the vibration of the vocal cords
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from falsofalse
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Word Origin and History for falsetto
n.

"an artificial voice," 1774, Italian, diminutive of falso "false," from Latin falsus (see false).

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