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Pronunciation: /ˈalto/

Translation of alto in English:


  • 3 (che si trova in una posizione elevata)la parte -a di un edificio, muro, albero
    the top part of a building, wall, tree
    lo scaffale più (in) alto
    the top shelf
    la città -a
    the upper town
    il sole è alto sull'orizzonte
    the sun is high above the horizon
    un vestito a vita -a
    a high-waisted dress
  • 8 (nel tempo)l'alto Medioevo
    the early Middle Ages, the Dark Ages
    quest'anno Pasqua è -a
    Easter falls o is late this year

nome maschile


guardare qualcuno dall'alto in basso

to look o eye somebody up and down, to look down on somebody, to look down one's nose at somebody

tenere alto il morale di qualcuno

to keep somebody's morale up, to cheer somebody up

gli -i e bassi

avere degli -i e bassi

to have one's ups and downs
to have peaks and troughs

mani in alto!

hands up!

andare a testa -a

to walk tall o with one's head held high, to carry one's head high


alto comando

alto dirigente

  • top manager o executive, senior manager o executive

alto esplosivo

alto funzionario

  • high-ranking o senior official, top executive, executive o senior officer

alto mare

  • high o open sea

alto tedesco

alto tradimento

alta definizione

alta densità

alta fedeltà

alta finanza

alta marea

  • high tide o water

alta moda

alta pressione

alta risoluzione grafica

alta stagione

  • peak o high season

alta tecnologia

alta tensione

  • (Electricity)
    high tension o voltage

alta uniforme

alta velocità

  • (Railways)
    high speed
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Cultural Note: Alto Adige

This is the Northern part of the Trentino-Alto Adige region, made up of the province of Bolzano, which passed to Italy after World War I. In German it is called the Südtirol. Most of the population are of German ethnicity and speak German. Since 1948 it has enjoyed a special autonomy, which was further strengthened in 1972: place names are given in German and Italian and civil servants have to pass a bilingual examination. School lessons are held exclusively in German for those of German extraction, and in Italian for those of Italian extraction. This ethnic separation for education should change in the future, giving way to true bilingualism.

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