alto - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “alto”

See all translations

alto

noun [C] uk   /ˈæl.təʊ/  us   /-toʊ/ (plural altos)
(a woman with) a low adult female singing voice or (a boy with) the lowest boys' singing voice or (a man with) the highest adult male singing voice: She began by singing soprano, then changed to alto.

alto

adjective uk   /ˈæl.təʊ/  us   /-toʊ/
used to refer to a musical instrument that is of a size and range between soprano and tenor: an alto saxophone/flute
(Definition of alto from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of alto?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “alto” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

May I sit here? Asking for and giving permission.

by Liz Walter,
June 03, 2015
We often find ourselves in situations where we need to ask for permission or to reply to people who ask us for permission. Here are some words and phrases to help you do this in a natural way. The simplest way to ask for permission is with the modal verb can: Can

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More