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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl-set-oh]
    • /fɔlˈsɛt oʊ/
    • /fɔːlˈset.əʊ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl-set-oh]
    • /fɔlˈsɛt oʊ/

Definitions of falsetto word

  • noun plural falsetto an unnaturally or artificially high-pitched voice or register, especially in a man. 1
  • noun plural falsetto a person, especially a man, who sings with such a voice. 1
  • adjective falsetto of, noting, or having the quality and compass of such a voice. 1
  • adverb falsetto in a falsetto. 1
  • noun falsetto A method of voice production used by male singers, especially tenors, to sing notes higher than their normal range. 1
  • noun falsetto high singing voice 1

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Origin of falsetto

First appearance:

before 1765
One of the 46% newest English words
1765-75; < Italian, equivalent to fals(o) (< Latin falsus false) + -etto -et

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Parts of speech for Falsetto


falsetto popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for falsetto

noun falsetto

  • alto — An alto is a woman who has a low singing voice.
  • countertenor — A countertenor is a man who sings with a high voice that is similar to a low female singing voice.
  • singer — Isaac Bashevis [bah-shev-is] /bɑˈʃɛv ɪs/ (Show IPA), 1904–91, U.S. novelist and short-story writer (in Yiddish), born in Poland: Nobel prize 1978.
  • treble — threefold; triple.
  • descant — A descant is a tune which is played or sung above the main tune in a piece of music.

adj falsetto

  • strident — making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges.
  • stridulate — to produce a shrill, grating sound, as a cricket does, by rubbing together certain parts of the body; shrill.
  • stridulous — Also, stridulant. making or having a harsh or grating sound.

Antonyms for falsetto

noun falsetto

  • bass — A bass is a man with a very deep singing voice.

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