Definition of falsetto in English:


Syllabification: fal·set·to
Pronunciation: /fôlˈsetō

noun (plural falsettos)

  • 1A method of voice production used by male singers, especially tenors, to sing notes higher than their normal range: he sang in a piercing falsetto he was singing falsetto in this role
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    • In Cyrus's version, his words are backed up in the chorus and briefly in the third verse by two male voices singing in a falsetto.
    • Stout and scruffy, the 36-year-old Daniels looks more suited to a football field than La Fenice, but as a countertenor, the highest male voice in opera, he sings in a falsetto.
    • I found that when I sang falsetto, I could tune my voice more and control it.
  • 1.1A singer using falsetto.
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    • One second he's a falsetto, the next he's a baritone.
  • 1.2A voice or sound that is unusually or unnaturally high.
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    • Marcia tells Marty that she loves his falsetto, and asked why he didn't do more of it.
    • Smith takes more vocal chances on Hill, giving us his bright falsetto often and almost without apology - almost.
    • It was the job of the Designated Safety Officer to read us the half-sheet of safety instructions, in his best falsetto, and ensure that we violated none of them.


late 18th century: from Italian, diminutive of falso 'false', from Latin falsus (see false).

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