• Alto

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ˈæl.təʊ/
    • US IPA: /ˈæl.toʊ/
    • Rhymes: -æltəʊ

    Origin

    From Italian alto ("high")

    Full definition of alto

    Noun

    alto

    (plural altos)
    1. A musical part or section higher than tenor and lower than soprano, formerly the part that performed a countermelody above the tenor or main melody.
    2. A person or musical instrument that performs the alto part.

    Usage notes

    Nouns often modified by "alto": saxophone, clarinet, flute, recorder, part, solo, voice, singer.

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