Definition of Falsetto

1. Noun. A male singing voice with artificially high tones in an upper register.

Generic synonyms: Head Register, Head Tone, Head Voice

2. Adjective. Artificially high; above the normal voice range. "A falsetto voice"
Similar to: High, High-pitched

Definition of Falsetto

1. n. A false or artificial voice; that voice in a man which lies above his natural voice; the male counter tenor or alto voice. See Head voice, under Voice.

Definition of Falsetto

1. Noun. (countable or uncountable) The "false" (singing) voice in any human, usually airy and lacking a purity of vowels; created by utilizing the next highest vocal folds above those used for speech and normal range singing. It is commonly confused with the Head Voice register. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Falsetto

1. an artificially high voice [n -TOS]

Medical Definition of Falsetto

1. A false or artificial voice; that voice in a man which lies above his natural voice; the male counter tenor or alto voice. Origin: It. Falsetto, dim. Fr. L. Falsus. See False. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Falsetto

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falsetto (current term)
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Literary usage of Falsetto

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Text-book of Human Physiology by Austin Flint (1888)
"The falsetto-register in the male undoubtedly involves snch a division ... The larynx during the emission of falsetto tones ; middle range : after Holmes. ..."

2. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1861)
"That the practice of the falsetto, as he says, unless it be undertaken with ... Every voice, the deep bass as well as the high soprano, has a falsetto ..."

3. New Science of Elocution: The Elements and Principles of Vocal Expression in by S. S. Hamill (1886)
"Explosive falsetto. falsetto EXPLOSIVE—WHEN USED. In the Explosive Form the falsetto will be employed chiefly in scolding and burlesque. EXAMPLE. ..."

4. Essentials of Public Speaking by Robert Irving Fulton, Thomas Clarkson Trueblood (1910)
"In expression the falsetto is used to express great excitement such as fright, ... Selection illustrating falsetto. NOTE. The underscored parts of the ..."

5. Letters of the Wordsworth Family from 1787 to 1855 by William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth (1907)
"I wish I had brought your last letter with me. I am sure there were several things in it to be replied to. I understand by the falsetto in music an ..."

6. Letters of the Wordsworth Family from 1787 to 1855 by William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth (1907)
"I understand by the falsetto in music an affectation of an effort after beauties and ... In short, the false would be as good to my mind as the falsetto; ..."

7. Advanced Elocution: Designed as a Practical Treatise for Teachers and by J. W. Shoemaker, George Beswick Hynson, John Hendricks Bechtel (1913)
"(But taste usually requires that these should be merely suggested, without the use of the falsetto.) It is frequently heard in a scream, loud cries, ..."

8. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1843)
"falsetto falsetto falsetto Chest. Mezzo-Falso. falsetto Flautino. In this musical distribution of the registers of the voices there is no falsetto given to ..."

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