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[fawl-set-oh] /fɔlˈsɛt oʊ/
noun, plural falsettos.
an unnaturally or artificially high-pitched voice or register, especially in a man.
a person, especially a man, who sings with such a voice.
of, noting, or having the quality and compass of such a voice.
in a falsetto.
Origin of falsetto
1765-75; < Italian, equivalent to fals(o) (< Latin falsus false) + -etto -et Unabridged
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Examples from the web for falsetto
  • His lower register is unexpectedly resonant, and his falsetto sweetly poignant.
  • It is for this reason that he paints so excellently, for this also that he so often exaggerates and strikes into falsetto.
  • She played the role hunched over to look small and spoke in a singsong falsetto.
  • But then he goes to the falsetto, and that's rough, too.
  • And he does a decent job, especially with a lengthy falsetto run at the end.
  • Symptoms of adductor or abductor spasmodic dysphonia less evident during whisper, singing or falsetto.
  • Symptoms less evident during whisper, singing or falsetto.
  • He heightens the effect when he sweeps into his remarkable falsetto.
British Dictionary definitions for falsetto


noun (pl) -tos
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

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

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