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kənˈtræl toʊcon·tral·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contraltonoun

    a woman singer having a contralto voice

  2. contralto, altoadjective

    the lowest female singing voice

  3. alto, contraltoadjective

    of or being the lowest female voice


  1. contraltonoun

    The lowest female voice or voice part, higher than tenor and lower than soprano. The terms contralto and alto refer to a similar musical pitch, but among singers, the term contralto is reserved for female singers; the equivalent male form is counter-tenor. Originally the contratenor altus was a high countermelody sung against the tenor or main melody.

    Etymology: Contraction of contratenor alto, from Latin contratenor altus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contraltonoun

    the part sung by the highest male or lowest female voices; the alto or counter tenor

    Etymology: [It., fr. contra + alto. See Alto.]

  2. Contraltonoun

    the voice or singer performing this part; as, her voice is a contralto; she is a contralto

    Etymology: [It., fr. contra + alto. See Alto.]

  3. Contraltoadjective

    of or pertaining to a contralto, or to the part in music called contralto; as, a contralto voice

    Etymology: [It., fr. contra + alto. See Alto.]


  1. Contralto

    A contralto is a type of classical female singing voice whose vocal range is the lowest female voice type, with the lowest tessitura. The contralto's vocal range falls between tenor and mezzo-soprano; typically between the F below middle C to the second G above middle C, although at the extremes some voices can reach the D below middle C or the second B♭ above middle C.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contralto

    kon-tral′tō, n. the deepest or lowest species of musical voice in boys, in eunuchs, and best of all in women. [See Alto and Counter (1).]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contralto in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contralto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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