Definition of castrato in English:

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Pronunciation: /kaˈsträdō/

noun (plural castrati /-tē/)

A male singer castrated in boyhood so as to retain a soprano or alto voice. The practice of castration was banned in 1903.
Example sentences
  • We tend to associate Handel operas with high voiced prima donnas, the castrati and the sopranos.
  • And there was a fascinating account of the castrati, the male singers who lost their testicles before puberty.
  • The recital concludes with a rarely heard aria with cello obbligato from Arianna, written for the soprano castrato Carlo Scalzi.


Mid 18th century: from Italian, past participle of castrare (see castrate).

Words that rhyme with castrato

agitato, Ambato, esparto, inamorato, legato, moderato, obbligato (US obligato), ostinato, pizzicato, rubato, staccato, tomato, vibrato, Waikato

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Syllabification: cas·tra·to

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