Meaning of “contralto” in the English Dictionary

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"contralto" in British English

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contraltonoun [ C ]

uk /kənˈtræl.təʊ/ us /kənˈtræl.t̬oʊ/ plural contraltos or contralti uk /-ti/ us

Examples from literature

  • Contralto voices range generally from G, below middle C in the treble clef, up to F, the upper line of the clef. 
  • He has been chided by some because he has a magnificent contralto voice and scarcely ever uses it. 
  • Her voice was a rich contralto. 
  • She had a good voice, a low contralto. 
  • Unconsciously her slightly husky contralto voice had sunk lower and trembled audibly. 

(Definition of “contralto” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contralto" in American English

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contraltonoun [ C ]

us /kənˈtræl·toʊ/ plural contraltos

a woman’s singing voice in the lowest range, or a woman with this range

(Definition of “contralto” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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