Definitions for falsettofɔlˈsɛt oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fal•set•tofɔlˈsɛt oʊ(n.; adj.; adv.)(pl.)-tos

  1. (n.)an unnaturally high-pitched voice, esp. in a man.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a person, esp. a man, who sings with such a voice.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. (adj.)of, noting, or having the quality and compass of such a voice.

  4. (adv.)in a falsetto.

Origin of falsetto:

1765–75; < It

Princeton's WordNet

  1. falsetto(adj)

    a male singing voice with artificially high tones in an upper register

  2. falsetto(adj)

    artificially high; above the normal voice range

    "a falsetto voice"


  1. falsetto(Noun)

    (countable or uncountable) The "false" (singing) voice in any human, usually airy and lacking a purity of vowels; created by utilizing the next highest vocal folds above those used for speech and normal range singing. It is commonly confused with the Head Voice register.

  2. Origin: From falso.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Falsetto(noun)

    a false or artificial voice; that voice in a man which lies above his natural voice; the male counter tenor or alto voice. See Head voice, under Voice


  1. Falsetto

    Falsetto is the vocal register occupying the frequency range just above the modal voice register and overlapping with it by approximately one octave. It is produced by the vibration of the ligamentous edges of the vocal cords, in whole or in part. Commonly cited in the context of singing, falsetto, a characteristic of phonation by both men and women, is also one of the four main spoken vocal registers recognized by speech pathology. The term falsetto is most often used in the context of singing to refer to a type of vocal phonation that enables the singer to sing notes beyond the vocal range of the normal or modal voice. The falsetto voice—with its characteristic flute-like sound relatively free of overtones—is more limited than its modal counterpart in both dynamic variation and tone quality. However, William Vennard points out that while most people sound comparatively "breathy" or "hooty" when using falsetto production, there are in rarer cases individuals who have a much stronger falsetto sound production which has more "ring" to it.

Translations for falsetto

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an unnaturally high (singing) voice in men, or a man with such a voice

He was singing in falsetto; He is a falsetto.; He sings falsetto.

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