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altonoun [C]

 us   /ˈæl·toʊ/ (plural altos)
a woman’s or boy’s ​singingvoice in the ​rangelower than a ​soprano, or a ​person or ​musicalinstrument with this ​range
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altonoun [C]

uk   /ˈæl.təʊ/  us   /-toʊ/ (plural altos)
(a woman with) a ​lowadultfemalesingingvoice or (a ​boy with) the ​lowestboys' ​singingvoice or (a man with) the ​highestadultmalesingingvoice: She ​began by ​singingsoprano, then ​changed to alto.

altoadjective

uk   /ˈæl.təʊ/  us   /-toʊ/
used to refer to a ​musicalinstrument 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)
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